9 AUGUST 2019
ICSA president Edmond Phelan has said the time for talking has arrived and that all parties should now focus their attention on delivering a long overdue overhaul of the beef sector in this country. “ICSA welcomes the intervention of Minister Creed and the commitment from MII that legal proceedings will be suspended and we expect in return that protesting farmers will allow space for talks to begin immediately,” he said.
“The last two weeks of protests have demonstrated clearly that the Irish beef sector must be reconfigured. Excessive profiteering at the expense of primary producers has been exposed and while we understand market difficulties, all parties must now seize this opportunity and work earnestly to make the beef sector a sector that is viable for everyone involved. If we value this industry, then the time to protect it and to develop it in a way that is sustainable for all is now,” he said.
Mr Phelan said ICSA is committed to playing its part in delivering a better future for the beef sector.
Minister Creed announced tonight that negotiations between all parties will commence on Monday 12 August. It has also been decided that an independent chairperson will preside over an agreed agenda.