Farmers to meet Minister this morning over recent protests

Farmers will meet with the Minister for Agriculture this morning following a week long sit in at his Department.

The IFA suspended their demonstration last night but are warning they will return to protest if a deal is not reached.

It follows ten months of negotiations over payments for tillage farmers over compensation for last year's poor harvest.

IFA President Joe Healy has said farmers are determined to find a solution.

"We're here on behalf of the grain farmers from Cork, right up along the Western sea board to Galway," he said.

"With the weather crisis, last harvest just preventing farmers from harvesting any of their crop in many cases.

"They're a very important part of our sector and a sector the IFA is going to fight on our backs for.

"It's up to them to answer the call that's been made by IFA on behalf of our members because if they don't, there's always 9 o'clock the following morning and we'll be back here again."

File photo of farmers protesting over the grain crisis earlier this year.

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