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Yesterday.

The Dublin Cycling Campaign and their supporters held a “slow cycle” along the quays of the River Liffey “due to ongoing delays in developing the Liffey Cycle Route”.

They write:

The current official plans for the Liffey Cycle Route wouldn’t see the project implemented until 2024 at the earliest – that would be 13 years after the project was first proposed!

Liffey Cycle Protest (Dublin Cycling Campaign)

Pics: David A Karlström

On Friday.

A protest against homelessness will be held in Dublin city with supporters meeting at the Garden of Remembrance at 1pm.

The group behind the protest call themselves The People’s Movement.

They write:

“We have an opportunity here and if we don’t take it then it will be another four years before we get this same opportunity again

“Our beautiful island is being run into the ground and our people treated inhumanely by those elected to do right by us.

“Every day they hurt people in some form, wether it’s being made homeless because people can’t afford the rent or from being evicted and people left to die on trolleys.

“Our hospitals are overcrowded and understaffed and not sufficiently equipped. Children are queuing at soup runs to eat and take home packed lunches so they can eat in school the next day, childhood memories tainted by the damp walls of uninhabitable B&Bs and squashed hotel rooms with parents who cry themselves to sleep.

“They are selling our public lands, denying our people social housing and privatising our most vital services, crippling families through extortionate rents and taxes, selling off our gas and oil resources, all while lining their already heavy pockets, the list goes on and on.

“And if I continued to name how much they hurt people you all know that I would be here all day. Haven’t you had enough?”

The People’s Movement (Facebook)

Meanwhile…

This morning Daniel McConnell, of The Irish Examiner, reports:

As many as one in four children in some of the most disadvantaged primary schools in the country are homeless, with principals warning that the real figures could be even higher.

Schools are reporting that the number of children aged between five and 12 presenting as homeless have increased significantly in the past three years.

Rise in pupils without proper homes (Daniel McConnell, The Irish Examiner)

This lunchtime.

On Upper Merrion Street at the back of the Department of An Taoiseach.

Conor tweetz:

“Come into town for a meeting, they said. Be grand, they said…”

Meanwhile…

The tractors are reportedly setting off for Dublin Port before travelling to the M50 where they plan to hold a “slow protest”.

Earlier: I Love The Smell Of Slurry In The Morning

This afternoon.

Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

A group of farmers calling themselves ‘Individual farmers from across Ireland’ has parked nine tractors around Stephen’s Green.

Traffic restrictions are in place around Stephen’s Green, Merrion Row and Kildare Street….

Farmers stage further protest in Dublin city centre (RTÉ)

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Outside Musgraves’ central distribution centre in Kilcock, Co Kildare this morning

This morning.

Members of the Irish Farmers’ Association began to hold their fourth protest over beef prices at 7.00am, outside Musgraves’ central distribution centre in Kilcock, Co Kildare.

Musgraves owns Centra and SuperValu.

Sylvester Phelan, of Agriland, reports:

Beef farmers should not accept the current beef price on offer from the factories and demand a lot more, IFA president Joe Healy said at the picket.

Once again, the protest will last 12 hours and follows similar action at the Tesco central distribution centre in Dublin yesterday and the Aldi and Lidl CDCs last week.

IFA targets Musgraves central distribution centre in latest blockade (Agriland)

Pics: IFA and Briefne O’Brien

Farmers protesting outside a Lidl distribution centre in Ballyhea, Co Cork

This afternoon.

Further to this morning’s farmers’ protest outside a Lidl distribution centre in Ballyhea, Co Cork this morning…

Claire McCormack, in Agriland, reports:

Meat processor ABP has confirmed that it will increase its base price for cattle next Monday, December 9.

AgriLand understands that a minimum increase of 5c/kg is expected.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Friday, December 6, a spokesperson for ABP confirmed the move, whilst also criticising the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) for staging a series of protests on the beef price issue over the last 48 hours.

The spokesperson said: “The company is at a complete loss to understand why Joe Healy, the outgoing IFA president, pursued a course of irresponsible, disruptive and illegal action at retail distribution centres this week.

“The Beef Taskforce met on Tuesday and Joe Healy and the IFA were fully aware that market indications pointed towards a cattle price increase in Ireland. This was reported extensively.”

ABP to increase base price for cattle next week (Agriland)

Earlier: Beefing Up

Pic: C103

Farmers hold protest outside Lidl distribution centre in Ballyhea, Co Cork

This morning.

Outside a Lidl distribution centre in Charleville Ballyhea, Co Cork.

Farmers and members of the Irish Farmers’ Association began a 12-hour protest over beef prices at 7am.

This is the second such protest this week, following a similar protest at an Aldi distribution centre in Naas, Co Kildare, yesterday.

IFA protest at Charleville: ‘This will go on until beef prices rise’ (Hannah Quinn Mulligan, Farmers Journal)

Further protest over beef prices as Lidl centre in Co Cork blockaded (RTE)

Beef Plan calls IFA protest ‘regrettable’ (Hannah Quinn Mulligan, Farmers Journal)

Pics: Harold Kingston and Hannah Quinn Mulligan

Farmers sleep in their cabs of their tractors outside the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin this morning

Further to the ongoing farmers’ protest in Dublin.

One of the farmers who has organised the protest, Daniel Long, told Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One this morning that the farmers will break up the protest if the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed “corrects” the Dáil record in regards to comments he made yesterday.

Mr Creed said that death threats had been made against management at C&D Pet Foods in Edgeworthstown in Co Longford – a company at the centre of injunction proceedings against two men, Fine Gael Cllr Paraic Brady, from Drumlish, Co Longford, and Colm Leonard, from Aughanoran Dring, Co Longford, preventing them and others from trespassing at or blockading the facility.

Mr O’Rourke earlier said that the show had got word from Mr Creed’s department that he has no intention to clarify or correct what he said.

Cllr Brady told Mr O’Rourke said:

“There was a PULSE when it was reported back four weeks ago, five weeks ago, but, to date, no member of management or staff has come forward to An Garda Siochana even on request, regarding they were willing to give a statement to move this forward.”

On Morning Ireland earlier, Fran McNulty reported that according to “Garda sources”, no complaint about death threats had been made by the company.

Yesterday, Mr Creed told the Dáil:

“…this is a matter which the Garda is aware of, senior management in that company have had death threats issued against them, and their partners and families have been intimidated in that local community.

“This is not simply an issue of the Government not wanting to resolve this issue. We are grappling with what are very difficult issues.

We have seen in other cases what happens when senior executives in companies are threatened. You, Deputy Mattie McGrath, may dismiss the significance of death threats against people. The Government does not.”

Mr Long told Mr O’Rourke that he told the minister this morning that what he said in the Dáil yesterday was not a true statement.

Asked how Mr Creed responded, the farmer said:

“He wasn’t very clear, he was evasive, I suppose would be the fairest way to put it, like. He said that was what was presented to him. He said he had a PULSE number. That’s kind of all he made of it like.”

Mr O’Rourke clarified with Mr Long: “The minister was relying on a record on the PULSE system?” to which Mr Long replied: “yeah”.

UPDATE: C& D has said that it DID report death threats to the gardai.

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Dáil transcript: Oireachtas.ie

Earlier: ‘He Met The Farmers But Didn’t Meet The Delegation’

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RTÉ’s Agriculture Correspondent Fran McNulty tweetz:

Protesting farmers block the exit to Leinster House in Merrion Square, several Oireachtas members and staff unable to leave.

Ongoing road closures in Dublin says An Garda Síochána. Kevin Street, Cuffe Street, Kildare Street, Merrion Square South, Dawson Street & Merrion Row will remain closed tomorrow as farmer protests continue.

Farmers’ protest causes major disruption in Dublin (RTÉ)

Earlier: What’s On The Grill?