MII and Ibec colleagues are also actively engaged with Government in terms of costs of doing business in Ireland. In particular there are issues in terms of finance, energy, insurance, labour and legal costs which create competitiveness challenges for the Irish business sector as a whole.
Labour shortage poses a further risk to the capability of the sector to meet its overall growth projections. As the economy recovers and employment levels continue to grow, the meat processing sector faces a continuing challenge in accessing the necessary labour. MII is working closely with members on this issue and engaging with the relevant Government Departments.