View Irish language version of this page JOIN US DONATE

Fine Gaels beef market is unfair and unjust - Tóibín

Commenting on the unfair prices received by farmers from the major players in the beef industry, an Aontú leader and Teachta Dála Peadar Tóibín stated:

"Beef farmers constitute the main stakeholders in the Irish beef producing industry. Paying farmers a rate for their produce which is below the production costs, while the processing industry continues showing substantial profits, is economically unjust.

"The unchallenged power of meat processors and supermarkets is causing damage to our agricultural sector, leading to fewer and fewer farmers, which is damaging Ireland's ability to be self-sufficient in food supply.

"The absence of government support for beef farmers, combined with the disastrous EU-Mercosur trade deal, negotiated by Fine Gael's European Commissioner Phil Hogan, it is clear that economic justice for ordinary Irish people, including farmers, is far from what the government is pursuing.

"Economic justice demands government intervention in the beef sector. Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed needs to take his job seriously and by act as an arbitrator in the current dispute. If necessary, state supports should be withheld from the dominant beef processing sector."

"That beef farmers have to cancel public meetings due to injunctions being taken out against them by beef producers is also wrong. The beef market is dangerously imbalanced in Ireland. Massive buyer power is concentrated in the hands of a few small processors and supermarkets and weak supplier power is scattered among thousands of small farmers. The government must address this imbalance now."


By Aontú Press | 28 August, 2019

Related Posts

The Irish political system is radically broken

In Ireland the vast majority of elected representatives put a finger in the air to check which way the political wind is blowing. They have one eye on their leaders – seeking brownie points – and another eye keeping their seat safe. If elected reps shut up and do as they’re told, they are promoted; if they stand up for what they believe in, they are demoted. No wonder we have the political class we have. No wonder one point one billion euro is being buried in a hole under the National Children’s Hospital and that Stormont is in stalemate.

Throughout Ireland, many people are now afraid to say what they feel, many are afraid to respectfully engage on a range of different topics. Many feel there is a new censorship and a new political correctness in Ireland, that opposition to the establishment is being deleted.

Respectful opposition is not the enemy. Respectful opposition is a critical element of a functional democracy. Aontú will have the backbone to stand up, without fear, for you.