Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has announced that a chairperson has been appointed to lead the Government's Beef Market Taskforce.

The establishment of the taskforce was agreed at talks on the future of the beef industry last month.

Responding to a parliamentary question, Mr Creed said he has appointed Michael Dowling as independent chair of the taskforce.

Mr Dowling is a former secretary general at the Department of Agriculture and chaired talks on the beef dispute in August.

The Minister told Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith that membership of the taskforce will include representatives from the Department of Agriculture, relevant State agencies, farm organisations and the meat industry. 

It is understood arrangements for the first meeting of the taskforce are currently being finalised.

Blockades at meat plants ended after agreement was reached following talks in September.

The agreement provides for efforts to achieve market transparency, beef promotion and strengthening the position of the farmer in the supply chain.

An increased bonus to be paid to certain quality assured cattle was also agreed during the talks.

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