A local Fianna Fáil TD and Sinn Féin’s General Election candidate in Roscommon have both called for positive movement on the base price in order to progress the vexed beef controversy.
While he welcomed what appeared to be a breakthrough in talks last Saturday, Deputy Eugene Murphy said that movement is needed on the base price in order to bring more farmers on board.
Noting that the deal is at a “very delicate stage,” Deputy Murphy said that an end to blockades and protests at meat factories is needed.
“I believe the producers group will have the power to negotiate on the base price and I would like to see more movement from processors on the base price”.
Meanwhile, Claire Kerrane, Sinn Féin spokesperson in Roscommon, also called on meat factories to increase the base price offered to beef farmers “as the final mechanism required to end the protests”.
Ms. Kerrane said: “Farmers never wanted to be on picket lines. They mounted protests because they were at breaking point. Their actions have shone a spotlight on the inequalities in the market that they operate in.
“Individual factories can now bring the protests to an end. In order to do so they should increase the base price offered to farmers. With some flexibility on the part of the industry the process of rebuilding trust can begin”.