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'Farmers are rebelling against inaction' - Irish farmers protest over Brexit losses

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) held a protest outside a Cabinet meeting in Cork today (May 1)

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Irish farmers protest over Brexit losses

Protests at a Cabinet Meeting in Cork were the start of a ‘farmer rebellion’ against Brexit losses in Ireland.

 

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) protested outside a Cabinet Meeting in Cork, with the IFA president accusing the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and his Government of failing its beef farmers.

 

According to reports in the Irish media, the Taoiseach was greeted with shouts of ‘Where’s the beef, you vegan’.

 

IFA president Joe Healey said the Government had failed farmers who have suffered losses of €100 million (£86m) from Brexit.


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“Politicians have not delivered on their promises. Our message to the Taoiseach and his Cabinet here in Cork today is that farmers will judge politicians on their actions on this issue.

 

“Election Day is three weeks on Friday – May 24, and May 25 will be judgment day,” he said.

 

Farmers from around the country travelled to Cork today (May 1) for the protest.

 

Mr Healy said: “Today we are sending a strong message to the Government that farmers are rebelling against inaction.

 

“The Minister for Agriculture has been standing idly by, adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach. This is not good enough.”

 

Mr Healy added politicians have been ‘promising big’ on Brexit losses, but it was now time to deliver.

 

“Farmers are angry with the inaction from the Government and the EU Commission. Farmers have already taken a huge hit from Brexit related losses. They need help now,” he said.

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