Mairéad McGuinness: “Farmers are more than the custodians of the land. You are the managers of nature.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Farmers are the ‘managers of nature’, Macra conference on environmentalism told

There has been an increase in complaints of engines, particularly in new cars, being destroyed by added kerosene in the fuel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Finance Minister says new fuel marker will catch those adding kerosene to supplies

When an ash cloud occurred following an eruption of an Icelandic volcano “there was significant pressure on Irish food shelves” because of the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables

Some 80 per cent of Ireland’s fruit and vegetables are imported

Young farmers need to ‘regain the environmental clothes’, according to Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness. Macra to Furrow Conventional Plough Class atthe National Ploughing Championships. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mairead McGuinness told the Macra na Feirme conference farmers are the ‘managers of nature’

A house occupied and held by iconic Fine Gael hero Michael Collins during the 1916 Rising will be demolished under a consent order issued by the Government to preserve buildings on Dublin’s Moore Street, it has been claimed. Minister  for Heritage Heather Humphreys (above) has  rejected the claim.

Minister rejects claim misleading information led to decision on Moore Street buildings

Senator Feargal Quinn: Irish Water “should trust people to say how many residents are in their home”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senator and former Superquinn boss says semi-State’s move is causing huge anger

Independent John Crown sought the Minister’s attendance to give the timeline for the provision of anti-hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New anti-hepatitis C drug could cure up to 200 people at risk of death in next two years

Border counties: PSNI officers, gardaí and the investigative units of the Departments of Agriculture in both jurisdictions are to investigate the recent spate of cattle rustling. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Minister says 555 cattle reported stolen out of population of 6.9 million since January 2012

Dara Calleary: the legislation is “being stretched to include matters linked to media mergers”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Intellectual property rights Bill provides legal certainty to pharma sector, says Minister

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