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‘We’re going to shake up the city’ – Clare farmers travel to Dublin for protest

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Clare farmers will be among the thousand or so protesters driving to Leinster House on tractors highlighting their frustration with agriculture in the country.

A tractorcade is expected to converge on Dublin City by midday alongside a march heading in the direction of Merrion Square. Gardaí have been consulted about a traffic management plan with motorists told to expect delays and disruption.

Tractors, trailers and a wide range of machinery have been spotted on the road to Dublin as farmers travel from all corners of Ireland to highlight their concerns. They have listed carbon tax, protecting family farms, reform of state agencies, the dairy bull calf issue, neglect of rural Ireland and barriers preventing the Beef Market Taskforce as their reasons for protesting.

Chairperson of the Clare Beef Plan, Joseph Woulfe will be on the farmers in the capital. “We’re going to shake up the city, they haven’t a clue what we have coming in. We’re coming in from four sides,” he told The Clare Echo.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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