Following intense negotiations, which included a sit-in by the IFA at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) in Dublin, the Minister agreed that, from 1 January 2019, the names of the factories that commit trim offences would be published each quarter on the DAFM website.
Minister Creed also agreed that the farmers impacted would be informed and fully compensated by the factories.
The Minister has also made it clear that it was his intention to publish the names of the 19 factories that committed offences in 2018, and the 28 offenders in 2016, before the end of this year.
Minister Creed had addressed the situation in Irish Parliament last week. However, the IFA felt this was not sufficient, leading to Irish farmers protesting at the Department’s offices. During the protest, IFA national livestock chairman Angus Woods said: “What the factories were found out doing were not ‘mistakes’ as the Minister called them, they were offences under the law. Farmers certainly should be repaid, as the Minister ‘understands’ the factories have now apparently ‘accepted’. This pathetic response from the Minister and factories shows contempt for farmers.”
The Department has also confirmed that it will continue to reject any attempts by the EU to place further restrictions on the live export trade, while the Minister made it clear to the IFA that he was “totally committed to the live export trade”.