Visitor numbers have rebounded and have now returned to pre-recession levels, according to Fáilte Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Foreign earnings up €400 million, marking biggest increase in a decade

Gardaí have arrested a man as part of a Border counties cattle theft investigation. Photograph: Getty Images

Monaghan arrest part of Garda operation into livestock thefts in Border counties

At the opening of Glanbia’s new milk protein plant in Virginia, Co Cavan, were Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys; Glanbia chief executive Jim Bergin, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster and Glanbia chairman Liam Herlihy

New plant is part of dairy company’s €200m investment programme

Oisín, David, Áine and Susan Keogh in their field of Brussels Sprouts near Macetown, Tara, Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some 98 million Brussels sprouts will be bought for Christmas

The CSO found the value of cattle output fell by more than €180 million.

Figures come after Teagasc predicts 25% fall in incomes next year

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney: more than €20 million has been awarded to almost 40 agri-food and forestry research projects.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Projects looking at developing low calorie confectionary and reducing tail biting in pigs

“We have a relationship with land ownership which means the average field in Ireland is sold outside the family once every 400 years,” said Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.

Macra na Feirme land matching project exceeds targets

Live animal crib opens at Mansion House with children from St Joseph’s Nursery singing When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney. Entrance is free but donations go to the homeless. Still from Daniel O’Connor video.

Crib raises funds for charities working with the poor

Children from Scoil Chaoimhin, Marlborough St., at the Opening of the 20th year of the IFA Live Animal Crib. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mayor speaks at the opening of live animal crib at the Mansion House

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