Interim Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has said latest crime figures showing an increase in murders was not related to organised crime, but every murder was still one too many.   File  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Noirín O’Sullivan would not comment on the leaked Garda inspectorate report

 President Michael D Higgins with “Bud and Michael” during the Horse Ploughing Competition at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

80,000 expected to attend opening day of National Ploughing Championships

Visitors last year spent almost €36.5 million during three-day championships

The President Michael D Higgins, with “Bud and Michael”  at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Survey found more than half of all farmers have been directly affected by suicide

 Griff and Garreth Jones from Wales at the Classic section at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke

President Michael D Higgins says his poetry is dominated by farming memories

Kate Brett, Aoileann O’Shea and Joseph Brett enjoy themselves at the bandstand in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, during yesterday’s People’s Climate Picnic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coastal clean-up among events held around Ireland on world day of environmental action

Vietnam, where Bord Bia researchers visited people in their homes. Photograph: Frank Miller

Research helping to understand how consumers think in other countries

Micheal Keegan, who renovated the tractor belonging to his grandfather Charlie Keegan who won the World Ploughing competition in 1964. At the wheel is daughter Nelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The green Deutz D40Ltractor, restored by grandson Michael, will take centre stage at Ploughing Championships

Competitors in the Senior Class at last year’s contest. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dry weather predicted for three-day event at Ratheniska in Laois

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