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Irish Beef Sector Exports Worth Nearly €24 Billion Since 2010, No Reason Equitable Beef Pricing Bill Cannot Be Passed

NB please see below and attached Parliamentary Questions with details referred to.

On foot of PQ Responses from the Minister for Agriculture, Aontú Leader & Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has highlighted the contribution of beef exports to the Irish economy and that there is no economic reason the Equitable Beef Pricing Bill cannot be passed.

An Teachta Tóibín:

“In the past decade, Irish beef exports have contributed nearly €24 billion to the Irish economy. Our beef and agri-produce is world renowned for its quality. The labours of our farmers are famous and are a key element of the marketing campaigns of Supermarket multiples. Despite this economic contribution and the proud legacy of our farmers, Beef farmers in 21st century Ireland still cannot get a price that covers the cost of production. We aren’t even discussing making a profit or a guaranteed profit margin, we are simply talking about farmers recovering the cost of production from Beef Barons like Larry Goodman . In 2020, despite a global pandemic, Irish “Beef was exported to more than 70 countries around the globe in 2020 with a total value of €2.33 billion.”

“The Beef sector is also an economic lynchpin for many rural economies, much more so than multinational companies. As reported by the Minister in his response, “the sector plays a key role in the wider rural and local economy with estimates of output multipliers of around 2.5 for beef production and 1.9 for food processing, compared to an average multiplier of 1.4 for the rest of the economy and 1.2 for foreign owned firms ensuring that beef output produces a much wider return to the rural economy.” We can give tax breaks and low taxes to the likes of Google and Apple, but the government won’t reform the beef market to ensure that at least the cost of production is provided to our beef farmers. What does that say about the priorities of this government?”

“The Minister through his PQ responses which were incredibly helpful has illustrated the strength of the Beef sector and the strong value of Beef exports. This strength and value affirms once again that the passage of the Equitable Beef Pricing Bill is indeed feasible, and that Fianna Fáil and other parties should deliver on their previous support for the legislation to ensure its passage.” CRIOCH



For Written Answer on : 21/04/2021

Question Number: 2437,2438 Question Reference: 18126/21, 18127/21

Department: Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Asked by: Peadar Tóibín T.D.



* To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine the value of Irish beef exports in each of the years 2010 to 2020, by country.

- Peadar Tóibín T.D.

For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 21 April, 2021.

* To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine the value of Irish beef exports to date in 2021, by country.

- Peadar Tóibín T.D.

For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 21 April, 2021.


Data on the value of Irish beef exports are available up to February 2021 from the CSO

See attached table which shows beef exports from Ireland 2010 to Feb 2021 by value in € million, broken down by the top 20 destinations.

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the data, in view of the volume of statistical data collected as part of agri-food trade statistics, some errors may occur. Where these anomalies are identified, the Department will liaise with the Central Statistics Office to highlight and amend the information as required.

Beef Exports GVA GDP PQ

Beef exports by value and country 2010 to Feb 2021 Top 20

By Aontú Press | 27 April, 2021

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