MacGillycuddy’s Reeks: Mountains are part of a pilot scheme that shows way forward for an effective shared community management of landscape. Photograph: Nathan Kingerlee/Outdoors Ireland

Management of Ireland’s mountain landscapes will benefit more from community partnerships involving farmers and hill-walkers than from “top-down” l(...)

Anti-water charge marchers on the streets of  O’Connell St, Dublin  when  thousands flocked to the city to demonstrate against the new  charge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Senior figures in the Coalition yesterday called for a major recasting of Irish Water by setting up a Government committee to re-examine the entire(...)

Fergus O’Dowd: former junior minister says Irish Water must bring in a voluntary redundancy package for about 1,000 of its 4,000-plus workforce to cut its costs. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bills for water charges should be “put on hold” until a Government committee takes a proper look at Irish Water and brings forward a comprehensive so(...)

Border counties: PSNI officers, gardaí and the investigative units of the Departments of Agriculture in both jurisdictions are to investigate the recent spate of cattle rustling. Photograph: Trevor McBride

A cross-Border group of gardaí, PSNI officers and the investigative units of the Departments of Agriculture in both jurisdictions has been establishe(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins at  the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska , Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has expressed concern at a survey which found that more than half of all farmers have been directly affected by suicide in(...)

Tillage is the second most viable farm type after dairy, according to Teagasc. Only 15 per cent of cattle-rearing farms were deemed to be economically viable.

Two out of three farms would be economically unviable if it were not for off-farm income, a Teagasc conference on rural development has heard. The co(...)

Dr Maura Farrell: “Rural Ireland is a very mixed picture now, not so dependent on agriculture, and the picture isn’t all negative.”

“Why is it that when the late Tony Gregory came up with a plan for inner-city Dublin, which he sold to Charles J Haughey, he was praised as a visionar(...)

Renewing rural ireland

We all know what Éamon de Valera’s vision of Ireland was – “a land whose countryside would be bright with cosy homesteads, whose fields and villages w(...)

 Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan: said the protection of rural post offices was a priority for the Government.

Large out-of-town discount stores have sucked the life out of town centres and damaged rural Ireland, said Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan. Ms (...)

Ann Phelan: “I’ve often spent sleepless nights wondering how we could end unemployment.” Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Ann Phelan made a little bit of history when she was appointed the first Minister for Rural Affairs, last month. But she has a major job to do if she (...)