Hauliers are threatening to hold protests over climate emission cuts to the transport sector and "astronomical costs".

The Irish Road Haulage Association will hold a members meeting in the next fortnight to discuss protests on the back of the Climate Change Advisory Council's emissions recommendations.

It said its members are already at breaking point with rising fuel costs, driver shortages and the Northern Ireland Protocol.

IRHA president Eugene Drennan said hauliers are "deeply concerned" about the impact a cut in emissions in the transport sector will have on the sector.

He said the cuts come as haulage companies face costs of a magnitude never seen before.

"We are deeply concerned about the emissions cuts. We have been labelled as a sector that is going to get a heavy cut," said Mr Drennan.

While acknowledging the level of sectoral cuts are yet to be revealed, he said his members "cannot take any more".

He said: "We are caught with something every week and our costs are at the highest level they have been -ever in the history of transport."

Mr Drennan said the Northern Ireland Protocol, increased carbon tax in the budget and a huge shortage of drivers means "costs are astronomically high".

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Drennan said his association "will decide in two weeks' time. We have a very big meeting planned".

He added he hoped "an olive branch" would be held out by the Government to talk to hauliers.

"We cannot stand alone and take all these hits," he added.

Meanwhile, the Irish Farmers' Association has said it also wants dialogue with Government.

IFA president Tim Cullinan said the Carbon Budget will have a serious impact on rural communities - especially if cuts end up being in the order of the 21-30% predicted in the media up to this point.

"We are hearing consistently from Government that they want to revive rural Ireland. They need to protect the people who are driving the industry in rural Ireland, and that is the farmers.

"I am calling on the Taoiseach, and the Tánaiste, at this point in time to sit down with us - the people who represent farmers - and come up with a plan around this in to the future," said Mr Cullinan.

Asked about protests, he said he "always prefers to deal in dialogue" but if the IFA need to take its people on a protest "that would happen".

Social Justice Ireland has expressed concerned the most vulnerable in society could be impacted by the 51% emissions cuts between now and 2030.

It said there is a need for social dialogue about the policy behind carbon budgets.

Economic and Social Analyst with Social Justice Ireland Colette Bennett said: "We saw after the 2008 crash when austerity principles were imposed on people that it was the most vulnerable that were hit over and over again.

"We need to make sure everybody is involved in the decision making in the policy dialogues."