A former Agriculture Minister says he believes the coalition can reach agreement on agriculture emission cuts by September.

Fianna Fail's Barry Cowen says he thinks a deal can be brokered before the Dail returns after its summer break.

Talks broke down last night without agreement, with negotiations expected to resume this morning.

Environment Minister and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan is pushing for the maximum cut of 30 percent, while backbenchers from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael want a target closer to 22 percent.

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