Fianna Fáil Councillor and Bye Election Candidate for Wexford, Malcolm Byrne has said that Wexford farmers have been badly let down by Minster Creed who has failed to convene a meeting of the Beef Market Taskforce.

Malcolm was visiting Enniscorthy Mart with Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue and said that the general feeling on the ground was that farmers are being ignored once again by Minister Creed.

He said, “The Beef Sector deal, much of which originated in a Fianna Fáil Private Members Motion, was finally agreed on September 15th. It followed months of upheaval and protests at factory gates.

“Yet here we are at the end of November and the Minister has failed to get a key part of the agreement, the Beef Market Taskforce, off the ground.

“His hands-off approach was talked about at length, and the general consensus is that his ambivalence is what caused the issue to reach crisis point in the first place.

“Given that we have seen little change in prices or behaviour by the factories since then, it is essential that the Taskforce gets up and running and that many of the issues it is charged with addressing are dealt with comprehensively,” he concluded.