Irish farming groups have been lobbying strongly for a low mandatory minimum payment

The Irish presidency of the Council of the European Union expects to reach agreement on a landmark reform of the Common Agricultural Policy at a serie(...)

Speaking ahead of this week’s meetings, IFA president John Bryan said a mandatory minimum payment for all farmers would be “hugely damaging” for Irish agriculture. Photograph: David Sleator

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney arrived in Luxembourg last night ahead of a series of key meetings this week at which final agreement on the re(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney

Suzanne Lynch in Brussels European agriculture ministers are meeting in Brussels today in a bid to reach agreement on the reform of the (...)