new investigations division has been set up in the Department of Agriculture, in a move welcomed by farm groups who Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the Department of Agriculture’s new investigations division would be headed by a senior superintending veterinary officer and supported by a team of investigators. Photograph: Eric Luke

New division to be headed by senior superintending veterinary officer

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has urged farming families to think about the dangers around their farms

23 people, including five children, have been killed in farm accidents so far this year

 A section of the large crowd this week at the ploughing championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The success of the event lies in the fact it’s about a lot more than ploughing

Anna May McHugh, director of the National  Ploughing Championships, watches the start of the Parade of Tractors on the final day of the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Next year’s venue still to be announced but it could return to Laois

The temporary appointment of a Fine Gael member to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art has escalated into a major political embarrassment for the Government and for Taoiseach Enda Kenny whose leadership was described as ‘disgusting’ by one of his own backbench TDs. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

John McNulty resigns from board after less than two weeks in his directorship

Tom and John Paul Nolan from Nolan Contractors in Tullow, Co Carlow take a break at the third and final day of  the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Enda Kenny just one of some 250,000 who have visited Ratheniska since Tuesday

The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois, yesterday.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says video highlighting impact of deaths from farm accidents gave him a lump in his throat (...)

Zoe Kavanagh, chief executive of the National Dairy Council, and Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, celebrating the council’s 50th anniversary yesterday. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Farmers must get fair share of retail price for beef - Coveney

Mounted gardaí on duty yesterday on day two of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska , Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Papal Nuncio describes the event as ‘absolutely terrific’

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