Prof Gerry Boyle, director of Teagasc and Martin O’Halloran, chief executive of the Health and Safety Authority at the National Conference on Farm Safety and Health in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

HSA chief suggests ‘zero tolerance’ policy on exposing children to risk

Brendan Greenan from Monaghan preparing a Holstein Friesian calf for judging at the Virgina Show. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Show watched on the internet by Cavan emigrants

The IFA says cattle prices have fallen €200-€400 per head since this time last year

British retailers looking for younger beef

Westport, Co Mayo: The west, like other parts of Ireland, is enjoying an increase in overseas visitors, many of whom have been attracted to the Wild Atlantic Way which stretches from Donegal to Cork. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Call for more initiatives to get more visitors to venture out of Dublin

 Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan: said the protection of rural post offices was a priority for the Government.

No change of tack over Garda station closures

Off the Boyle: the town’s deteriorating Royal Hotel. Photograph: Brian Farrell

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Ann Phelan: “I’ve often spent sleepless nights wondering how we could end unemployment.” Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

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Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said it was urgent to establish what sectors would be hit badly and what actions should be taken. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Value of affected products lower than first thought, says Coveney

Getting the cattle home was the only logistical problem facing the buyers of two cattle at the launch of Ireland’s first online livestock auction at yesterday’s Tullamore Show.

More than 50,000 attend the event

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