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Farmers bring traffic to a standstill as protest reaches Dublin Port

Dozens of tractors returned to blockade streets around Leinster House yesterday.

Farmers arrive at Dublin Port.
Farmers arrive at Dublin Port.
Image: Conor McCrave/TheJournal

Updated Jan 16th 2020, 2:15 PM

FARMERS HAVE BROUGHT their protest to Dublin Port this afternoon having arrived in Dublin city centre yesterday in the latest demonstration over the beef crisis.

This is the second day of the protest, which brought traffic disruption in the city centre in the streets surrounding Leinster House and St Stephen’s Green.

Dozens of tractors, decorated with placards, arrived yesterday afternoon and remained overnight.

Just before 12pm today, farmers told TheJournal.ie of their plans to bring the protest to the busy Dublin Port area.

Led by a garda escort, the tractors were driven along the quays in the city centre before arriving at Dublin Port. They will later today head for the M50 where a “slow protest” will take place as farmers head back to their respective counties.

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Tractor Tractors blockade part of St Stephen's Green Source: Conor McCrave/TheJournal.ie

The organisers of the protest, the Individual Farmers of Ireland, are critical of the deal reached with the government over beef prices last year after weeks of demonstrations by farmers during the summer. 

The farmers also criticised the Beef Task Force and accused politicians of not listening to the farming community when they voice their concerns.

This morning, road closures were in place on Kildare Street, Molesworth Street, Merrion Square West, South, and East, St Stephen’s Green North and East, and Merrion Street Upper.

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Motorists were also advised that Cuffe St is closed at the Wexford Street junction, and that eastbound traffic on Kevin Street was being diverted along New Bride Street. 

Commuters have been advised to use public transport. 

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Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus have warned that a number of services in the city are affected, and commuters are advised to check both companies’ websites for more information.

With reporting from Conor McCrave.

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