Saturday August 15, 2020

‘Stick tight’: The message to farmers on picket lines

Meat factory protesters are determined to stay at their posts when talks resume this week

Killian Woods

Business reporter

8th September, 2019
Farmers Michael Ruane, Tom McLoughlin and Gerry Gough with co-protesters Tina Lyons and Megan Gaughan at the protest in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo Picture: Brian Farrell

At the pickets outside Irish meat factories last week, farmers were under one simple order: “Stick tight.”

The beef protests were temporarily postponed last month to allow for talks between farmers and the meat industry, but that won’t be happening again any time soon. Farmers at the factory gates plan to stay at their posts when talks resume in the coming days.

At a meeting in Laois last Monday, the new...

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