Despite optimism that the beef talks may reconvene, protesting farmers outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis have erected a Christmas tree overnight, insisting they are there for the long haul.

Talks aimed at resolving the ongoing beef price dispute are expected to resume at the weekend or early next week.

Meat processors and farming groups met separately with the Agriculture Minister yesterday evening in an effort to resolve the row that has seen thousands of meat factory workers across the country including here in this region, temporarily laid off.

The Beef Plan Movement has repeated its request that retailers must attend the next set of talks, whenever they may be.

Speaking to Midwest News this morning protesting farmers at Dawn Meats insisted they will not be leaving the protest line until a deal is done. They said they had erected and lit a Christmas tree overnight to indicate their resolve to stay out until Christmas and longer if necessary.


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