The Government is being urged to be more pro-active in its efforts to resolve the stand-off between farmers and retailers over the price of beef.


It comes as UK retailers were invited  to attend the next meeting of of the Beef Taskforce with their Irish counterparts.


The meeting is due to take place on January 9.


At a meeting earlier this month, leading farming groups said there was an urgent need for the base price paid for cattle by retailers to rise.


Independent TD Mattie McGrath rejected the Government's claim that they can't intervene in the market saying they do in the US and France.


He said farmers can't sustain another year like 2019:


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