The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association have called on Minister Creed to intervene to ensure all legal actions against farmers are withdrawn as was agreed during the beef talks.

An INHFA delegation that attended the talks today made clear their position to the Chair Michael Dowling that they would not be involved in any discussion until all legal proceedings against all farmers are withdrawn.

With regard to the legal action still ongoing by C&D Foods against farmers a spokesperson for the organisation expressed dismay at the line taken by the MII on this. The spokesperson stated how “the C&D plant is owned by one of MII’s members and no one believes for a second that they can’t influence them to withdraw their legal action.”

The spokesperson concluded by stating how “the deal agreed in September was very clear, that all pickets be lifted and all legal actions be withdrawn. The fact that the Minister was willing to commence a talks process where legal action against farmers had not been withdrawn is a cause of concern that he must address.”