June 19, 2009

Ireland chicken farmers protest on poultry imports decision

Irish poultry producers protested outside the Ministry of Defence building in Dublin on Wednesday (Jun 17) to force it to drop its controversial decision to purchase imported chicken for the defence forces.


The local poultry sector has suffered a blow with the closure of Kantoher and Castlemahon Poultry Products, and it is a major blow to all farmers that government departments are not supporting the Irish economy by purchasing foreign products, according to IFA deputy president Derek Deane.


Deane continued by saying imported have caused factories to close down and deeply hurt the Irish chicken industry over the past five years, therefore the decision to support imports is shocking.


Minister Willie O'Dea has agreed to meet with representatives from the group to address the policy. In response, Deane said while they appreciate the minister meeting them on this matter, he and the other government ministers must take immediate action to redress the situation and defend Irish jobs.

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