Dr Alex Copland, senior conservation officer of BirdWatch Ireland, said birds such as greenfinches, linnets and yellowhammers were still found in nests in August. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Farm groups and environmentalists are on a collision course over potential changes to the period when hedges can be cut.Under the Wildlife Act, lando(...)

An organic potato is harvested. Organic farmers have been protesting outside Department of Agriculture offices in Athenry, Co Galway over delayed farm payments.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Several dozen organic farmers have been protesting outside Department of Agriculture offices in Athenry, Co Galway over delayed farm payments. Pádraic(...)

 Whooper swans in north Wicklow in mid-January,  at thge  start of  the  five-yearly  all Ireland census  organised by BirdWatch Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

More than 300 people took part in the all-Ireland swan census over the weekend. Once every five years, this census tracks numbers of whooper swans a(...)

Milliner Alice Kelly  from Wexford at the ‘Enterprise Zone’ at Showcase in the RDS. The craft trade fair which runs until January 21st. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

One of the perils of being president of Ireland is that people keep pressing gifts into your hands. How many local history books can a president read?(...)

Irish Dairy Board chairman Aaron Forde: said milk superlevy bill would be ‘potentially one of the highest ever imposed’. Photograph:  Kenneth O’Halloran/JCP.

Concerns that dairy farmers are heading for a “perfect storm” have been raised by members of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture. The milk (...)

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan addressing the  IFA   in Dublin. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The Irish Farmers’ Association offered a masterclass in protest at its 60th-anniversary celebrations in Convention Centre Dublin, with a video of high(...)

 Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey: farmers getting inadequate return. Photograph: David Sleator

Sixty years after farmers came together to found a national farming association, farm families are again finding themselves under immense pressure to(...)

EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan (centre) with IFA president Eddie Downey and deputy president Tim O’Leary at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Some 1,700 farmers and people involved in the industry are gathering at Dublin’s Convention Centre to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Irish Farm(...)

Beef cattle in Kilkenny: the US is seen as providing a good market for Irish grass-based beef exports. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Beef processors have said they are poised to start exporting to the United States, once the required veterinary certificate is in place. This follows(...)

The re-opening of the US market to Irish beef couldn’t come at a better time for the Irish beef industry.

The re-opening of the US market to Irish beef couldn’t come at a better time for the Irish beef industry. We take it for granted that our beef comes f(...)