Talks set to resume in on-going beef row, but only “if injunctions are lifted”

Talks are set to resume between beef farmers and processors following discussions last night.

A possible cessation of cattle slaughter and meat processing during the talks is being explored.

However, Edmond Phelan, President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association, told The Joe Finnegan Show that talks would not take place until court injunctions against farmers protesting outside local factories are quashed.

Phelan also called for a “ceasefire” in picketing while talks take place.

But Finnian, a Clones farmer who is currently at a picket line, told the show that farmers would remain on the picket line while talks continue.

He added that there is “no good faith” or trust between the farmers and Meat Industry Ireland.