Hundreds of Irish beef producers have been protesting at a major plant over the reduced prices being paid for their cattle.
The round-the-clock protest was maintained for a number of days at the Kepak plant in Athleague, County Roscommon.
Ruaidhri Deasy, deputy president of the 80,000-strong Irish Farmers’ Association, said prices had been cut by 22c a kilo (8p per lb) or €73 a head over recent weeks.
Meat Industry Ireland hit back saying seasonal demand for steak cuts in the UK and on the continent had almost come to an end and both demand and prices had fallen, while demand for Irish beef in the UK was being affected by low-price beef from South America.