• Negotiations  among all sides in the beef dispute will resume later this morning.

    Meat Industry Ireland, the Irish Farmers Association and the Beef Plan Movement are among those attending the talks in Celbridge, county Kildare.

    It's after beef farmers, members of the Beef Plan Movement, held pickets earlier this month at meat plants across the country, including Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis, over the low prices they are securing for their animals from the factories.

    IFA President Joe Healy says for farmers it’s all about price. He said they are not allowed to talk about prices at the meeting due to competition authority law, but he told Midwest News today that prices have not increased since last week’s meeting in Kildare among all involved.

  • The INMO says it remains available for talks with the Government in its dispute over staffing levels and pay.

    It's organising a national rally next Saturday and has announced extra strike dates on the 19th and 21st of this month.

    Nurses and midwives will also down tools next Tuesday and Thursday and on the 12th, 13th and 14th.

    INMO Deputy General Secretary David Hughes says they'll keep the pressure on the Government if no solution's found