A delegation of farmers protesting in Dublin against low beef prices have met Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to discuss their concerns. They also renewed their call for the lifting of an injunction, obtained by C&D Foods against two Co Longford farmers, who had taken part in demonstrations at the plant.
Although the blockade was lifted last evening, the farmers’ protest could escalate, amid reports that some plan to disrupt the M50 motorway and target main roads on the outskirts of the city in the coming days and weeks. The delegation said that if no progress is made by December 15, farmers would be back on the streets of Dublin. The protests follow blockades at beef-processing factories over two months this summer and farmers protesting outside the Dáil.
The farmers certainly have a gripe but they are directing their protest in the wrong direction. They should be targeting the main food producers and retailers.
Disrupting traffic in Dublin will do little more than anger commuters while drawing no sympathy for their cause.