Local farmer among those picketing Department as Beef Taskforce meeting is postponed

The first meeting of the Beef Market Taskforce has been postponed – after chaotic scenes outside the Department of Agriculture.

The talks were due to take place between state agencies and farmer groups following a deal struck last month in the long-running dispute.

But some farmers jeered and shoved representatives from Meat Industry Ireland, stopping them getting into the building.

Cavan farmer John Daly is among those picketing outside the Department.

He says agreement was reached between farmers and Meat Industry Ireland “in good faith” and MII has reneged on that.

He says many farmers are struggling and protests will continue: