China’s president Xi Jinping at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday. China and Australia have  signed a declaration of intent on a landmark free trade deal more than a decade in the making. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

China’s anti-corruption dragnet spread its tentacles overseas with the capture of 288 fugitives suspected of committing economic crimes who had fled (...)

Culture of impunity

The last two years have been the deadliest for working journalists on record. In 2012 and 2013 a total respectively of 123 and 91 journalists and medi(...)

 Minister for Agriculture  Simon Coveney: said negotiations concluded with a sector-wide endorsement of potential “producer organisations” that would allow farmers to organise and negotiate prices. Photograph: Collins Photos.

Farmers and beef processors have agreed to begin “intensive discussions” after a new initiative within the beef industry was announced last night. Fa(...)

Wind turbines: ESB International has been making presentations on the subject of renewables in Asia. photograph: fabrizio bensch/ reuters

One major presence at the Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum was the ESB’s international consulting arm, which made a presentation on the subject of (...)

Albert Manifold, CRH chief executive, should stand by his “fad-driven” analysis. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

“We forgot the core principle of CRH, which is that we used to make businesses better. We will never again go down the road of buying market trends an(...)

 A Filipino boy paddles a makeshift raft paddles through a fishing village in Navotas City in  the Philippines today as a storm descends on the area. Photograph: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Rescuers have saved about 100 people and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central (...)

A busy street in Hanoi, Vietnam. “Vietnam is an important market in southeast Asia with a growing population,” said Mr Coveney. photograph: luong thai linh/epa

You will hopefully forgive the pun but Vietnam vets – veterinary authorities – have given the all-clear for the import of fresh and frozen pork meat f(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney met representatives of Meat Industry Ireland, the Ibec body representing meat processors, last night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Irish beef producers received €9 million less for cattle than their UK counterparts between June and August, according to research by the Irish Cream(...)

Militants are seen on the Syrian side of the Quneitra border crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A firefight erupted today between a group of Philippine peacekeepers trapped in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Islamist militants who were s(...)

Simon Coveney: “I am firmly of the view that it is vital that Irish companies have access to as many markets worldwide as possible.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Burgeoning Asian appetites for meat provide a major opportunity for countries such as Ireland that have a strong focus on food exports. Incomes are ri(...)