The Beef Plan Movement has said it is recommending that farmer protests taking place at meat factories are suspended to allow for meaningful talks.

The comments come after Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said a resumption of talks would be contingent on meat processors moving away from the courts and farmers moving away from the factory gates.

Speaking to RTÉ News this evening, the Beef Plan Movement said that if protesting farmers want the organisation to represent them at talks then it would.

But Dermot O'Brien of the group said it was recommending to farmers that the protests were suspended to allow a fresh round of talks to take place.

He also said that retailers, as major stakeholders in the industry, need to be involved in any potential talks.

Meanwhile, farmers outside Slaney Meats in Wexford remain resolute.

Ten days into a blockade of the facility, they say improved cattle prices should be first item on the agenda.

Today's developments come after a series of injunctions have been granted to several meat processors preventing the blockade of their facilities.

However, as many as ten plants remain blockaded and production has stalled.


Meanwhile, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine has agreed to invite Minister Creed and Michael Dowling, the independent talks chairman, to a meeting of the committee to discuss the dispute.

The committee also called for the resumption of talks between the parties, without preconditions, to be reinstated as quickly as possible.

The committee said the talks must include retailers.