The Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has said he believes a deal can be reached this week to end a row over beef prices.
Minister Coveney said he was confident that solutions and compromises acceptable to both farmers and meat factories would be achieved.
His comments come as members of the Irish Farmers Association continue 48-hour protests at 14 meat-processing plants around the country.
Meat Industry Ireland is accusing farmers of using beef price comparisons with the UK that are inaccurate and misleading.
However the IFA President Eddie Downey insisted his members were not being paid a fair price by the processors.
"The outstanding issue is the price gap between us and the UK is at €350 per head. That's a historically high figure and that gap needs to close," he said.