A delegation of Chinese inspectors has failed to gain access to the Kepak meat plant in Athleague, Co Roscommon, due to a protest outside the factory.

Inspectors have been visiting meat plants across the country to approve them as exporters to China, and are expected to visit Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis tomorrow.

Farmers protesting outside the Ballyhaunis factory said they will not hinder the Chinese delegation.

Efforts are continuing to find a resolution to the dispute over beef prices, as  protests at meat factories are now in their second week.

Farmers taking part in the protests are unhappy with the price they are being paid for cattle they present for slaughter at factories.

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