IFA general secretary Pat Smith, book editor Matt Dempsey, Ray MacSharry and IFA president Eddie Downey at the book launch. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Former EU commissioner Ray MacSharry has challenged Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to come “out on the street” and repeat allegations she m(...)

Thomas Dwan, IFA dairy chairman Seán O’Leary and Edmond Dwan, with the family herd near Thurles, Co Tipperary on the last day of milk quotas. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The country’s 18,000 dairy farmers are waking up to a new dawn this morning following the abolition of milk quotas at midnight. Today marks the(...)

A TTIP deal could encompass almost half the global economy, potentially generating €92 billion in added output for the EU and US.

EU negotiators must ensure the interests of Irish and European farmers are not sacrificed in pursuit of an overall trade deal with the US, the Irish F(...)

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(...)

 Irish Farmers Association  president Eddie Downey: he said the policy scenarios were “hypothetical and illustrative”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Farm groups have expressed concerns about a climate change report which offers scenarios that would result in major reductions in the size of Ireland’(...)

The IFA and Crimestoppers have launched a campaign to help prevent livestock theft. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

David Hall’s young daughter still asks when the cattle are coming back.Cattle rustlers stole 17 animals from his field in Newbliss, Co Monaghan last J(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney launching Irish beef in New York: “It is a good start today.”

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney expects other Irish meat producers to follow Larry Goodman’s ABP quickly into the US after the lifting of a 17(...)

Research conducted by Teagasc and the Health and Safety Authority has revealed a marked increase in the incidence of farm deaths over the last five years. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Older farmers are accounting for a disproportionate amount of farm-related fatalities, particularly those who have returned to an agricultural setting(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey  before Tuesday’s agm. “I know what it’s like to try and head up an organisation, having worked in it for 25 years.”  Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

IFA president Eddie Downey has said he wished a new rival farm organisation well but warned they would face a tough battle.The new national organisat(...)

Farms are  “a dangerous place. We need to go in and farm defensively, think defensively. We have to get a change in attitudes,” IFA president  Eddie Downey has said. “We cannot keep going on losing lives the way we are.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Farmers are involved in more fatal incidents because lack of profit is forcing them to work longer hours to support their families, IFA president Eddi(...)