Limerick councillor and minister have Twitter beef over almond milk

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Cllr Emmett O’Brien called the minister’s tweet, ‘Glib metropolitan hilarity at hard working dairy farmers expense’

Cllr Emmett O’Brien called the minister’s tweet, ‘Glib metropolitan hilarity at hard working dairy farmers expense’

LIMERICK councillor and farmer Emmett O’Brien has taken umbrage at a tweet by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy about almond milk.

Minister Murphy was in Portlaoise this week with Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to officially open 33 social housing homes.

Afterwards he posted a photo of himself with a herd of cows behind him, and tweeted: “So Charlie Flanagan told me this is where the milk for lattes comes from - I honestly didn’t know cows produced almonds.” 

Cllr O’Brien fired back at the housing minister, “Glib metropolitan hilarity at rural Ireland and specifically hard working dairy farmers expense. What actually is hilarious is this government’s repeated assurances its sorting social housing crisis”.

Another Limerick farmer got in touch to say: “I’d say all the 35-year-olds in Dublin paying €1,500 per month to sleep in bunk beds crammed into cupboards that they have to share with complete strangers – because Eoghan can’t organise a building programme – will laugh themselves to sleep at the idea of almonds coming from cows.”

Meanwhile, there was good news for Kerry suppliers as ICMSA’s Gerald Quain said their decision to increase May milk price by a cent to 31 c/l as “welcome and a fair reading of the current dairy market and a recognition that farmer-suppliers are perfectly capable of reading the data themselves and working out what price should be”.