Kerry Beef Plan Chair confident of positive outcome to latest beef talks

Dermot O'Brien from Firies, of the Beef Plan Movement

All sides in the beef dispute have been invited to the talks table this evening.

It comes amid fears that up to 8,000 workers could be temporarily laid off at meat factories in the coming weeks.

A second round of discussions to resolve the ongoing beef row were cancelled on Monday after the Meat Industry Ireland pulled out – blaming protests outside meat factories.

It’s since announced the protests have forced it to temporarily lay off 3-thousand staff at the facilities- but they say 5,000 more may follow.

Meat Industry Ireland say these demonstrations by farmers over the price they get for their animals are to blame for the job losses.

There were calls last night from the IFA and Meat Industry Ireland for Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to bring all sides back to the talks table.

He’s now  invited all parties to meet him at his Department on Kildare Street where he will hold separate meetings with those involved in the dispute

Minister Creed says says he’s determined to bring the parties back to the negotiation table to find a way forward.

Beef Plan Movement’s Dermot O’Brien, who is farming in Firies, is confident of a positive outcome: