The independent chairman of talks in the beef dispute is expected to appear before the Oireachtas agriculture committee later.

It comes as unofficial protests by farmers are continuing outside up to 17 meat factories - including Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis.

Meat Industry Ireland says some plants are now fully blockaded, and that it's affecting beef exports. In a statement released last night, it says 17 plants are now affected, with some fully blockaded.
It comes despite a series of High Court injunctions being in place, banning protests outside several factories.
However, the group says it's not yet at the point where supplies of beef to Irish supermarkets are affected.

Fine Gael TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee Pat Deering says the committee has been reconvened to try and resolve the issues involved....

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