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IFA to Protest Over €100m Brexit Beef Losses at Cabinet Meeting

29 April 2019

IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy on Friday announced details of an IFA protest at the Cabinet meeting in Cork this Wednesday.

Mr Healy said farmers who have been hammered by financial losses arising from Brexit have been ignored. He said the Government commitments to support farmers have amounted to nothing so far.

"Farmers need a retrospective aid package to cover losses of €101m Brexit related beef price cuts," he said.

The IFA President said the Government and the EU Commission must honour the commitments that they have made regarding Brexit losses.

The Cabinet is due to meet at Blackrock Castle in Cork next Wednesday, 1 May at 10am.

IFA will be sending a strong message to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his Government Ministers that beef farmers cannot be hung out to dry on Brexit.

IFA Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the IFA has put a detailed set of proposals to both Minister Creed and Commissioner Hogan on the losses in the beef sector.

"Minister Creed needs to make the beef issue and the Brexit losses his priority.

"We have met with the officials in the Department of Agriculture and the EU Commission and they accept that Irish beef farmers have incurred significant Brexit beef losses," he said.

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