Farmers from the north west to protest outside Dáil

Up to 300 farmers from the north west are expected to head to Dublin this morning for a protest outside the Dail at noon.

The ‘Save Rural Ireland’ protest has been organised by the Beef Plan Movement following the announcement that the EU had reached an agreement with Mercosur countries to allow the importation of up to 99,000 tons of beef to this country.

The Beef Plan Movement also plans to deliver a submission containing seven requests to the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

A bus to the protest is leaving Gurteen, in South Sligo, this morning art 7:45am. It will be at the Gulf Filling Station and Hot Rods Restaurant in Collooney at 8:15am and at the Landmark Hotel in Carrick on Shannon at 8:45am.

Gerry Pilkington, of the Beef Plan Movement, says they’re fighting not only for farmers but for rural Ireland.