Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will be happy to conduct a live television debate with Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will be happy to conduct a live television debate with Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin.  In so doing, Taoiseac(...)

Micheál Martin: Day-to-day delivery of water provision and sewage services should be returned to councils. Photograph: The Irish Times 2:07

Fianna Fáil has said it supports a position where Irish Water is abolished with day-to-day delivery of services being returned to local authorities. (...)

Phil Hogan: the EU’s agriculture commissioner will not attend due to illness. Photograph: Eric Luke

Thousands of farmers are expected to descend on Brussels today as EU agriculture ministers meet to discuss the crisis in the dairy industry that has s(...)

European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan expected to announce the advance on Monday.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The European Commission is planning to fast-track €840 million in payments to Irish farmers as part of the series of measures to deal with collapsing(...)

Piglets feeding on grain at the IFA protest outside the European Commission offices in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Farmers dumped grain in front of the European Commission buildings in Dublin yesterday and warned that farm incomes were being “ripped apart”. (...)

IFA president Eddie Downey described farm incomes as “non-existent” at a time when children are going back to school, and urged Agriculture Commissioner Phil  Hogan to move to implement EU measures to underpin the viability of farm families. File photograph:  Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has expressed hope the European Commission will release up to €800 million in funding wh(...)

Pigs feed on grain as Irish Farmers Association members protest outside the EU Commission offices, on Lower Mount Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 0:53

Farmers dumped grain on the streets of Dublin at lunchtime on Monday in protest at falling incomes across many sectors of the industry. The grain was(...)

Irish processors exported only 31 tonnes of beef, worth €194,000, to the US during the first six months of 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Another Irish beef processor has been granted a US export licence. The Slaney Foods processing facility in Co Wexford has become the third Irish plant(...)

JJ Maher from Roscrea splashing around with his family’s Belgian Blue entry at the 2015 Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show. Photograph: Jeff Harvey

More than 60,000 people attended this year’s Tullamore Show on a warm, dry day on Sunday that was far removed from the rain induced cancellations of 2(...)

Eddie Downey: said the Irish Farmers’ Association’s proposals were centred on sustainable job promotion.  Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Tax incentives should be introduced to stimulate businesses in the towns and villages of rural Ireland, the IFA has said. In a document released to(...)