Today Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD attended the High Court as Liffey Meats sought to proceed with injections against farmers protesting for a breakeven price for their beef.
Addressing the court, Deputy Tóibín highlighted that farmers protesting in front of Liffey Meats in Ballinasloe had not even been made aware that an injunction was in place against them. He stated “no notice has been erected at or outside the Ballinasloe factory. Notice of the injunction has not been properly served on these farmers”.
Speaking after An Teachta Tóibín’s contribution, legal representatives for Liffey Meats conceded that no notice had been erected at the factory and that the company would seek to do this. This was accepted by the Judge and the injunction against the farmers from Galway was not proceeded with today.
Outside the court, Deputy Tóibín reiterated Aontú’s demand for an end to and the reform of the unjust and dysfunctional market for beef in Ireland.
An Teachta Tóibín stated:
“The system places excessive power in the hands of beef industry giants and dominant retailers who are making supernormal profits off the backs of farmers that are forced to sell below cost.
“Injunctions are being taken against farmers and farmers are not being notified properly. This is causing additional stress and confusion at a time of already heightened tensions. Legal action against farmers by meat industry giants must be dropped. It is significantly raising the temperature of this dispute.
“Failure to engage constructively with farmers indicates that beef barons have shown no interest in reaching a sustainable and fair resolution to this dispute.
“The current configuration of the beef industry and the dearth of state involvement in agriculture is pushing farmers into poverty, debt and off the land.
“That only one third of farmers are able to make a living from their occupation as farmers exemplifies the extent to which the beef industry is dysfunctional and rigged for the benefit of processors and retailers, the industry giants. That is this is happening in areas that are almost completely dependent of farming is contributing to the serious decline of rural Ireland.”