Restaurants are warning that beef could be off the menu on half of Irish restaurants from next week, as a result of the ongoing dispute between farmers and factories.

Beef processors - including Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis - have laid off hundreds of staff as a result of blockades at plants around the country.

CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins is warning that, if blockades aren't lifted soon, some restaurants won't be able to serve beef due to 'zero supply.'

The ongoing dispute was debated in the Dáil last night in its first sitting of the new term.

The Taoiseach called for protests to end and for farmers to sign up to the deal on the table since Sunday.

As the Government came under pressure to do more to resolve the dispute, Leo Varadkar again stressed that the Government cannot intervene to address falling beef prices:

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