Senator Gerard Craughwell: suggested “accident-free days” notices

Leading GAA figures should be used to promote farm safety, the Seanad public consultation committee has heard. The committee also heard suggestions f(...)

Some 30 people died in farm accidents in 2014, the highest number since 1991. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Farm safety campaigner Brian Rohan has warned last year’s high number of farm deaths could be exceeded this year because of the removal of the milk qu(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has urged farming families to think about the dangers around their farms

The latest death of a child in a farm accident brings to five the number of children killed in farm-related accidents this year. Some 23 people hav(...)

The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois, yesterday.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The impact of a death from a farm accident was laid bare at the ploughing championships yesterday when a video was screened showing how the family (...)

 Competitors in the under-40 horse ploughing  at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The second day of the National Ploughing Championships got underway in brilliant sunshine at Ratheniska, Co Laois this morning and it is on track to a(...)

Prof Gerry Boyle, director of Teagasc and Martin O’Halloran, chief executive of the Health and Safety Authority at the National Conference on Farm Safety and Health in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Farm accidents have killed some 20 people this year but farmers have been warned this could rise as enterprises expand when milk quotas are lifted n(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney urged farmers to see their workplace through their children’s eyes on National Farm Safety Awareness Day.

There has never been a greater emphasis on farm safety, yet this is turning out to be a very dark year for farm deaths. Some 17 people have died in fa(...)

Brian and Norma Rohan with their children, Emily (11 months) and Julie (2),  on the family farm in Shanahoe, Co Laois. Brian’s father, Liam, died in a farm accident. Photograph: Pat Moore.

All that fresh air and physical activity means that farming is seen as a very healthy occupation. But, as the tragic death of an eight-year-old boy in(...)