Talks between the IFA and the meat processors, Meat Industry Ireland (MII)  are continuing 10 hours after they started.

Both sides met today in the Citywest Hotel outside Dublin to try reach agreement to prevent a planned 48-hour strike by the IFA.

The IFA has planned the 48-hour strike to start on Sunday night in protest against what it says are unfair prices in the beef industry.

Meat Industry Ireland has called the planned protest disruptive and said it would only damage the industry.

Today’s meeting is being chaired by Michael Dowling, who has been instrumental in the beef summit roundtable negotiations which the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney called to address issues in the beef industry.