A scuffle broke out this morning between beef farmers and the boss of Meat Industry Ireland outside the Department of Agriculture in Dublin.

The angry scenes came ahead of the first meeting of the Beef Market Taskforce - which was set up following the dispute which led to blockades at dozens of meat factories - including Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis.

The talks haven't started because farmers stopped MII's representatives getting into the building.

They say the taskforce shouldn't meet until all legal threats against farmers are lifted.


However, Cormac Healy from Meat Industry Ireland insists the legal threats against farmers have been dropped.


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