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Major traffic disruption expected over tractor protest in Dublin

Christian Fernsby |
A planned protest in Dublin is expected to cause widespread traffic disruption as farmers bring 400 tractors into the city centre in a protest over beef prices.

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The protest is due to begin at 2pm, but road closures are already in effect on Kildare Street, Molesworth Street, St Stephen's Green and Merrion Square.

Kevin Street traffic will also be affected.

Delays are expected on some of the main routes into the city, including the N2, N3, N4, N7 and N81, from midday.

The organisers of the protest The Individual Farmers of Ireland said farmers need a better price for their product to help sustain rural Ireland.

The group has also raised concerns over traceability issues in the food chain.

Spokesperson Daniel Long said today's demonstration, which is not supported by the main farm organisations, will be "significantly larger" than previous protests.

He said farmers believe the Beef Task Force, which was set up to deal issues in the beef sector, is a "talking shop".

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