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ICMSA hold Dairy protest outside EU offices
national | eu | news report Dé hAoine Márta 20, 2009 18:49 by Paula Geraghty mspgeraghty at yahoo dot ie
Leading a group of dairy farmers from all over Ireland in a protest/occupation of the EU Commission's offices in Dawson Street, the President of ICMSA, Jackie Cahill, said that the dairy policy being operated by the EU has actually reduced Europe's to producing milk below the cost of production and left farmers with no income at precisely the same time as they are having to re-pay loans taken out to comply with the massive demands made by EU Nitrates Regulations. Mr Cahill said that the EU dairy policy was now inflicting long term, structural damage on Ireland's dairy industry and the wider agri-food sector so vital in any co-ordinated attempt to re-build our exporting sector.
The protest held yesterday had over 60 farmers and one lovely heifer.