The High Court has granted permanent orders restraining unlawful protests, trespass and intimidation at a number of Kepak meat plants.

The orders were made with the consent of eight individuals against whom Kepak had secured temporary injunctions last week.

Consent orders were also granted in favour of Liffey Meats against three men.

Lawyers for the eight men in the Kepak case told Mr Justice Anthony Barr the orders could be made on consent.

The court was told Kepak will not pursue the eight defendants for costs or damages after they undertook not to engage in any non-peaceful or non-lawful protest.

Counsel for the company Anthony Thuillier told the judge today's orders were in relation to eight named individuals and not in respect of Beef Plan Movement Company Limited, which had also been named as a defendant, but was not the subject of any court order.

Mr Thullier said there were still issues at Athleague and Ennis and said the protests had "by no means stopped".

He said the eight men at the centre of these proceedings had pledged to stop activities that were unlawful.

The court orders mean the named protesters and anyone with knowledge of the order is restrained from interfering with access or egress from Kepak premises at Ennis, Co Clare, Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath, Athleague, Co Roscommon and Clonee, Co Meath.

The orders also permanently restrain the named defendants in the proceedings and anyone acting with them or who has knowledge of the orders from engaging in conduct that is intimidating or abusive of staff or customers and suppliers and at Kepak Premises.

Later, the judge granted similar permanent orders in respect of three named defendants in injunction proceedings taken by Liffey Meats.

The orders also restrain the named defendants from photographing or recording anyone entering or leaving Liffey Meats properties or from publishing their identities.

Under the terms of the order, Liffey Meats will not pursue the three named defendants for costs or damages.

Earlier, when the cases were being called over in court, Meath TD Peadar Tóibín told Mr Justice Anthony Barr that some of the farmers named in the action by Liffey Meats had asked him to represent them.

Mr Justice Barr told Mr Tóibín he was not entitled to represent anyone in court and that only they or their legal representatives could do so.

The judge said he did not mean any disrespect to the TD, but he had no "right of audience" or right to be heard in the court.

Mr Tóibín said some of those named on the order were unaware of the proceedings as no notice had been placed at the plant in Ballinasloe.

Counsel for Liffey Meats said this was correct. The plaintiffs were unwilling to post the order at the Ballinasloe Plant without a garda presence.

The case relating to the remaining defendants in the Liffey Meats case returns to court on Friday.