Almost 200 farmers take to Limerick streets in protest

Almost 200 farmers took to the streets of Limerick to protest in solidarity with European farmers.

LIMERICK farmers came out in their droves last night (Thursday February 1) to protest in solidarity with their European counterparts.

Local farmers joined the European farmers demonstration in protest of what they believe to be the increasing bureaucracy and red tape involved in the job.

Many Limerick farmers staged a convoy through Adare, with videos on social media showing almost 200 tractors taking to the streets of the village.

Local farmer Louise Crowley posted about the protest on her X (formerly Twitter) account, saying that last night’s demonstration was about showing solidarity as well as showing the government that farmers are not happy.

“We have shown huge support for our fellow European farmers and sent a message to our government that we aren’t happy. We are frustrated and we can rally the support, even during the calving and  lambing season,” Ms Crowley wrote.

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Darren Sheehy, regional director with the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), said that the protest aimed to send a clear message.

In a post on his X account, Mr Sheehy said: “More red tape, less money in our pockets”.

He said that the Limerick branch of the Irish Farmers Association sent a “clear message” that “enough is enough”.

Nationally, up to 28 other protests were planned for every county in Ireland, with the exception of Carlow where there was a fatal road traffic collision the previous night (January 31).