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Farmers leave Dublin city following tractor protest

The farmers warned that if no progress was made by December 15, they would return to the streets of Dublin for further protests.

Finbar Reburn, a farmer from Cavan, alongside tractors parked on the streets around St Stephen’s Green (Brian Lawless/PA)
Finbar Reburn, a farmer from Cavan, alongside tractors parked on the streets around St Stephen’s Green (Brian Lawless/PA)

By Cate McCurry, PA

A number of farmers taking part in a protest in Dublin are leaving the city centre, signalling an end to the tractor demonstration.

But some of the farmers, who are protesting against low animal prices, say they will continue.

Many of the protesters left the city centre in their tractors on Wednesday.

The protest caused huge traffic disruption for commuters in Dublin, as hundreds of farmers and tractors flooded the city centre.

The independent group demanded a meeting with Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

A number of the farmers briefly met the minister on Wednesday to highlight their concerns. They are calling for better beef prices.

The farmers warned that if no progress was made by December 15, they would return to the streets of Dublin for further protests.

The day’s action led to the closure of numerous roads in Dublin city centre.

On Tuesday evening two tractors and a group of protesters blocked politicians and Oireachtas staff from leaving Leinster House.

A number of roads remain closed, including St Stephen’s Green East and North as well as Kildare Street and Dawson Street.

Gardai have placed a barricade on Kildare Street preventing vehicles from entering.

Dublin Bus warned commuters to expect delays on all their routes because of the demonstration.

The Department of Agriculture has been contacted for comment.

PA

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