Farmers protest at Tesco

Paul O’Meara

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Paul O’Meara

More than 300 farmers from all around Ireland staged a protest at the Tesco shopping centre in Monread, Naas last evening.

More than 300 farmers from all around Ireland staged a protest at the Tesco shopping centre in Monread, Naas last evening.

The group, members of the IFA, enforced a “trolley lockdown” - walking around the trolley section outside, which made it difficult for shoppers to access shopping trolleys before going into the centre.

The demonstration was staged by beef farmers who are complaining about falling incomes caused by recuded prices paid by some retailers and processors. At the same time they claim that meat prices haven’t fallen for consumers.

“Supermarkets and factories are driving farmers out of business. Irish beef is a premium peroduct and the producer must be looked after but at the moment we are producing at a loss,” IFA President Eddie Downey told the Leader.

Full story in next week’s Leinster Leader.