Ardnakinna lighthouse on Bere Island, Co Cork: a report published more than a year ago on boosting island and coastal communities has been “gathering dust”. Photograph: Commissioners of Irish Lights

A report published more than a year ago on boosting island and coastal communities has been “gathering dust”, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agr(...)

Willie Penrose, Labour TD: “I’m scared of everybody heading for the hills and expanding like nobody’s business. You could have a confluence of factors coming that would actually eat up farmers’ incomes and leave them with virtually nothing.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Politicians have questioned bank assurances that dairy farmers are well-positioned to deal with volatile prices when the milk quota ends on March 1st.(...)

Our virtual Tesco shop of the same 30 items costs €132.64 in the Republic and €112.02 in the North, a difference of more than 20 per cent. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this summer, the Guardian asked families in seven cities, including Dublin, to do a comparable grocery shop and send in their receipts. Dub(...)

Independent TD Finian McGrath  said it was time to get away from the mentality, which seemed to be part of the Government’s view, that some people on welfare were scroungers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent TD Finian McGrath asked if there were TDs with property interests discriminating against people relying on rent supplement. He said(...)

The Government’s Emergency Coordination Committee’s press briefing  on February 13th at the National Emergency Coordination Centre regarding the recent storms. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

An €8.8 million Government fund for repairs to piers and harbours hit by storms is intended for infrastructure in public ownership, an Oireacht(...)

Former  Irish Farmers’ Association president John Bryan has decided against contesting the European elections. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael is leaving the door open to former Irish Farmers’ Association president John Bryan running for the party in future, even though he has decid(...)

 Michael McNamara, Andrew Doyle  (Chair) and Éamon Ó Cuív of the Joint Sub-committee on Fisheries launching their report on Inis Oírr off the Co Galway Coast. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Residents on the Aran Island of Inis Oírr have questioned how the proposed fish farm for Galway Bay could have survived the recent hurricane force win(...)

Beginning last year, agents of various finance and investment houses began knocking on the door of the Department of Finance. Something was looming in(...)

Clash of the outlets: the supermarket sector is gearing up to slug it out on prices . Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Tesco’s “price promise” is the latest in a long line of aggressive strategies rolled out by the company as it seeks to retain its number one slot in t(...)

The  Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine is concerned that  below cost selling of staples such as bread and milk is driving primary producers out of business. Photograph: Getty

Major retailers will be prevented from using the Republic as a secret “honey pot” and forced to reveal how much money they make in the Republic, if re(...)