Farmers demonstrate outside the Meadow Meats plant in Rathdowney, Co Laois. Thousands of farmers assembled at 30 meat plants across the country in support of the IFA’s 24-hour beef-price protest. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Meeting comes after 24-hour IFA protests which industry criticised as misguided

The report from Unicef measuring levels of child poverty emphasised the long-term impact policy can have on the lives of children. Photograph: PA

Families in Ireland experiencing additional stress and have lower satisfaction with life - Unicef

Environmental activists dressed up as corporate lobbyists protest at the European summit in Brussels where government leaders are meeting for negotiations on climate targets. Photograph: EPA

European leaders meeting in Brussels to discuss long-term climate change measures

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said some bishops at the synod felt the document could have said more on the questions of LGBT people and divorce. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Archbishop says church will no longer use certain language about LGBT people after synod

Gavin Glynn rose to prominence earlier this year when a fundraising campaign for treatment in the US raised €350,000 in a single week.

Parents pay tribute to young boy who ‘fought the hardest fight anyone could imagine’

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton said there was “room for improvement” at Irish Water and that senior management would be held accountable.

Staff who ‘need improvement’ could still be entitled to bonus of up to 9 per cent

Mairia Cahill, who claims  Sinn Féin covered up her allegations of child sexual abuse, said the party want to “get me to go away”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Maíria Cahill accuses Sinn Féin of making threats in attempt to get her ‘to go away’

Pedestrians walk past a Scottish Referendum poster in Edinburgh, today. Banks have warned they may move their headquarters to England in the event of a Yes vote. Photograph: EPA

Salmond accuses British government of orchestrating campaign among corporate leaders

Engagement between police and the loyal orders as well as political leaders resulted in the most peaceful marching season in years, according to PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

PSNI Chief Constable’s report highlights budget challenges and focus on hate crimes

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