Farmers lift blockade on Dublin city centre as tractors head home
Good news for commuters.
A group of farmers who had been staging a protest against low beef prices in Dublin City centre have lifted their blockade.
The tractor protest which had been taking place in the city for more than 24 hours has drawn to a close and the drivers left the city allowing a number of streets to be reopened.
The protest began on Tuesday when as many as 100 tractors travelled from various parts of the country to Leinster House as farmers seek better prices for agricultural produce, as well as more attention for what they believe is a crisis in Ireland's agricultural sector.
Kevin Street, Cuffe Street, Kildare Street, Merrion Square South, Dawson Street and Merrion Row were all closed as a result of the protest, but all are now open again apart from Kildare Street which will remain closed until further notice.
The farmers, who are calling on the government to do more to help farmers in rural Ireland, met Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed on Wednesday to discuss their concerns.
It's thought they handed him a letter containing eight points they wished to see addressed.
They also want the Beef Taskforce to be reconvened to discuss the issues of beef prices and other issues.
The protesters warned that if no progress is made by 15 December, farmers would return to the streets of Dublin to protest once again.