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    BALCONYTV.COM 18/04/2008
    More than 10,000 farmers have taken part in a protest march in Dublin City against current European proposals in negotiations on world trade.
    The farmers gathered at Leinster House and marched to Dublin Castle where European Commission President Jose Manuel Barosso was addressing the forum on Europe.
    Farmers from all parts of the country took part in the march and original turnout expectations were well exceeded.
    Those involved are unhappy about the stance EU Trade Commission Peter Mandleson is taking in the current negotiations on world trade.
    They say the beef and dairy sector could be virtually wiped out.
    Farmers are angry over the stance being taken by EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandleson in the current round of negotiations to liberalise the rules on world trade.
    They say Ireland's livestock industry would be decimated, and there would be cuts the dairy, grain and other sectors.
    This could result in 50,000 rural jobs being lost and 100,000 cattle farmers being made redundant.

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