The Agriculture Minister's expressed his disappointment over developments in the beef dispute.
Meat Industry Ireland says plants are being forced to wind down production due to the ongoing blockades by farmers - resulting in the temporary lay-off of thousands of workers.
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed says a shut down of the beef industry cannot be allowed to happen - and believes there is a willingness to talk.
In a statement, MII says it showed good faith by deferring legal action against protesters - but it claims there has been an escalation of blockades in recent days.
The Beef Plan movement says it wants legal proceedings to be dropped completely.
Minister Creed has urged all parties to reflect on the situation before taking further actions that won't be beneficial to finding a resolution.
3,000 staff have been temporarily laid off from meat factories across the country.
Meat Industry Ireland says it's because of the ongoing protests outside their plants, as farmers picket over prices.
MII claims the blockades are illegal, and says staff and suppliers are being intimidated by protesters.