Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times/Files

Protesting Irish beef farmers have been urged by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed to lift their pickets at meat processing (...)

IFA president Joe Healy said  “if we don’t improve the situation of farmers we won’t have any beef sector at all as farmers will go out of business”

Meat factories are threatening legal action against Irish farmers in an attempt to quash countrywide protests which have shut down 14 processing plant(...)

Oisín Coghlan, director  of Friends of the Earth: said there was huge disappointment at what he described as the Taoiseach’s “doublespeak”.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Almost 3,000 people have signed an online petition over the past two days criticising Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s claim that emissions targets set for Iri(...)

A Full English breakfast. Meat Industry Ireland has downplayed research linking  processed meat and cancer. Photograph: iStockphoto

Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the representative body for the State’s meat processors, has downplayed research linking processed and red meat to higher(...)

Beef cattle in Kilkenny: the US is seen as providing a good market for Irish grass-based beef exports. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Beef processors have said they are poised to start exporting to the United States, once the required veterinary certificate is in place. This follows(...)

Silence in the slaughterhouse: protests at 14 of Ireland’s largest meat processing plants were intended to put the squeeze on the biggest family-run firms in the sector

Like Neville Chamberlain waving a copy of the Munich Agreement with Germany in 1938, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney appears to believe he has (...)

 Farmers protesting outside Grennagh meat factory were joined by IFA President Eddie Downey, Henry Burns, of then Beef and Livestocks Board and Pat Smyth, IFA General Secretary on Monday. Photograph: Pat Moore.

The Irish Farmers’ Association has been warned that any further blockades of meat processing plants as part of the dispute with factories over beef pr(...)

Farmers picketing  outside ABP during the IFA-organised 48 hour protest. Photograph: Irish Farmers Association/Twitter

Representatives from the Irish Cattle and Sheep organisation are meeting those from Meat Industry Ireland as part of ongoing talks about beef prices.T(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey said farmers are  receiving €350 per head less for cattle than their counterparts in the UK. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Irish Farmers Association’s plan for a 24-hour protest outside meat factories next Monday has been described by meat processors as “unnecessary, m(...)

Eddie Downey said farmer anger with the meat factories was ‘boiling over’. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Farmers will hold a countrywide 24-hour protest outside meat factories on Monday to highlight their discontent with beef prices, said the Irish Farmer(...)

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