The Agriculture Minister is urging Meat Industry Ireland to reflect on their decision to withdraw from beef talks.

Talks between all stakeholders involved were due to resume yesterday but MII pulled out because farmers continue to protest at processing plants.

Meat Industry Ireland says the blockades are forcing some factories to close indefinitely, and says lay-offs will result.

Minister Michael Creed expressed disappointment at the failure of both sides to meet yesterday evening, and has urged all parties to engage in a positive way for try and resolve the current impasse.

Minister Creed says it's essential that MII engages with farmers.

Meanwhile, farmers protesting outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis today say they will stay put, despite demands from Meat Industry Ireland to step away from the factory protests.

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