IFA President Joe Healy said the refusal of Larry Goodman and the ABP group to lift all the injunctions against farmers arising from the recent beef dispute was petty and mean spirited. It amounts to Larry Goodman giving ‘two fingers’ to the Minister.
The Minister should have ensured that the injunctions and legal proceedings were lifted before today. This was a clear commitment in the beef sector agreement presided over by Minister Creed last month,” he said.
“Today’s events were avoidable. IFA had made it clear to the Minister that the legal proceedings had to be resolved prior to the Task Force convening and we did not go into to today’s meeting,” he said.
C & D Foods is wholly owned by Larry Goodman and the ABP Group. IFA is acting for one of the farmers and has been in contact with ABP’s legal representatives seeking the removal of these injunctions.
“What we saw today was a further boiling over of frustration from farmers who see Larry Goodman doing what he likes in contradiction to a written agreement negotiated by the Minister,” he said.