Brian Rushe, Tim Cullinan, Elizabeth Ormiston, Cavan IFA, and Nigel Renaghan lead farmers to Cavan Courthouse in October 2021 during a protest rally.

Farmers to protest in Cavan this evening

IFA staging demonstrations in 32 counties to show solidarity with farmers across Europe

Farmers in Cavan are set to protest this evening in solidarity with farmers protesting across Europe.

The demonstration at the calf collection yard on the bypass in Cavan Town is one of a series of protests being held in every county today organised by the Irish Farmers Association.

It follows months of protests by farmers across Europe over regulations and conditions.

In France, the EU's biggest agricultural producer, farmers say that they are not being paid enough and are being choked by excessive regulation on environmental protection.

Protestors there have partly blocked access to Toulouse airport and also motorways near Paris.

Similar actions have taken place in other European countries, including Germany and Poland.

Today's protest are being led by IFA President Francie Gorman, who says that Irish farmers are every bit as frustrated as their counterparts in Europe.

The IFA said that this evening's demonstrations across Ireland will involve farmers and their machinery taking action on public roads.

It's not clear if they intend to block roads or how long the protests will last.

They follow an event in Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford, on Tuesday evening when local IFA members demonstrated solidarity with European farmers when they brought 25 brightly lit tractors to a flyover on the N25 Waterford to Cork road.