Ralph Haslam on Mossfield Farm, his organic dairy farm just outside Birr, Co Offaly

Ralph Haslam makes the universal sign for crazy by tapping the side of his head with his finger when asked what his neighbours make of his farming (...)

French food group Danone forecast underlying sales growth of up to five percent this year despite deflation in Europe and difficulties in Russia, its top market.  Photo: Bloomberg

French food group Danone forecast underlying sales growth of up to five percent this year despite deflation in Europe and difficulties in Russia, its (...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says similar benefits to those in Cork would be seen in many other rural communities. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The ending of the milk quota regime could provide 4,000 more jobs in Co Cork by 2020, new research has found. However, it warns that Cork County Counc(...)

Bono: “oops” – how Bono began his apology for the Apple stunt in which U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ album was automatically downloaded to iTunes accounts.   Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A is for Adnan Syed. Convicted of the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, the Baltimore man’s case is the subject of this year’s most talked-about investig(...)

 Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has asked 35 leading figures in the agri-food industry to work on the 2025 Agri-Food Strategy. Photograph: Eric Luke

An ambitious 10-year plan for the agri-food sector has been commissioned by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. He has asked 35 leading figures i(...)

Ryanair closed 1.57 per cent up at €7.394, after breaking the €7.40 mark earlier in the day. The airline released figures showing August passenger numbers were up 4 per cent at 9.4 million. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

European stocks rose as Russia and Ukraine agreed on the steps needed for a truce, while a poor euro zone purchasing managers’ index stoked specula(...)

A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths to which companies are going to address con(...)

A new Mercedes-Benz car is seen at a parking lot outside a dealership in Beijing. German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing regulators. Photograph:  Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency r(...)

The Husi Food factory in Shanghai, which is under investigation  by the authorities. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Here at Asia Briefing we often discuss how China’s desire for high standards in food safety presents opportunities for Irish companies; the country’s (...)

Danone said its fresh dairy products division in Europe has seen overall business fall back, with local cases of surplus capacity. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Danone said it plans to shut plants in Italy, Germany and Hungary, eliminating 325 jobs, because of a drop in fresh dairy sales in Europe. The planned(...)