Europe-wide move: the European Parliament supports fair practices for farmers and other retail suppliers. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Last week the agriculture committee of the European Parliament backed a report outlining the consequences of unfair practices in the retail sector. Th(...)

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Three million standard chickens are sold in Ireland each week, as well as 65,000 free-range chickens. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Less than 10 years ago the writing seemed to be on the wall for chickens. They weren’t facing extinction, but the knives were out and they weren’t (...)

The annual cost of owning and maintaining a family home has fallen for the first time in four years, according to a new survey. File photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The annual cost of owning and maintaining a family home has fallen for the first time in four years but the “negative equity generation” is still payi(...)

The Irish have more disposable income as a result of jobs growth and greater availability of credit. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish consumers buying cars, homes and furniture are driving a “miraculous economic recovery”, according to the latest spending monitor published by (...)

Flac director general Noeline Blackwell: said there must be an independent and fair system of identifying what is a mortgage solution. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has been accused of making “bewilderingly little progress” in introducing measures aimed at tackling the problem of mortgage arrears(...)

Greenpeace activists demonstrate at the entrance to the Volkswagen (VW) plant in Wolfsburg. Photograph:  Peter Steffen/Getty Images 2:33

A formal investigation into Volkswagen and its operation in the Republic has been launched by Ireland’s consumer watchdog in the wake of disclosures a(...)

A screengrab from a video recording of the incident involving gardaí and protesters at the Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey on Thursday. 0:18

An independent investigation has begun into an incident involving a garda and protesters who disrupted a distressed property auction in Gorey on Thurs(...)

Ministers Micheal Noonan and Alan Kelly in Phibsboro earlier this week to announce the new rules governing rent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

One of the worst things a government can be accused of doing in the midst of a crisis is nothing – particularly when an election is looming. It is po(...)

 The IPOA has accused the Government of abdicating its responsibilities towards people who need social housing by attacking a soft target instead. Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

An umbrella group for Irish landlords has condemned proposed legislation aimed a freezing residential rent prices for periods of two years. The Irish(...)