The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has today (Wednesday, September 11th) invited all beef stakeholders to attend separate talks.
This follows unsuccessful efforts to hold a meeting on Monday (September 9th), following the withdrawal of Meat Industry Ireland (MII) from scheduled talks.
MII confirmed that 3,000 employees at beef processing facilities have been temporarily laid off as a result of "the continuing illegal blockades of factories and intimidation of staff and suppliers by protesters".
Further closures and layoffs
It has said that some 80% of overall processing capacity has now closed, and further closures and layoffs are likely in the coming days.
"It is not just the direct employees that will be affected by the ongoing crisis." a spokesperson for MII said.
"Hundreds of indirect jobs will be impacted as ancillary businesses, including hauliers that will be heavily impacted by these closures."