A rally outside the Dáil  protests about the proposed  changes to the Leader scheme, centralising control of rural development in new local government structures. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Up to 2,500 people from across the State protested outside Leinster House today at plans to change the way a key rural development fund is managed.(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: called a meeting of beef processors, farm organisations and groups such as Teagasc and Bord Bia following the deterioration in relations between factories and farmers. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

A package of measures to help the beef industry was announced by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney yesterday after(...)

Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly launches a new part of the Western Greenway. Taoiseach Enda Kenny cited the trail as a rural success story. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Financial help for struggling rural towns, and greater collaboration between Government departments and agencies, are among the recommendations(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey who said today that agriculture in Ireland is amongst the most emission-efficient in the world. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Irish farming organisations have defended the environmental record of farmers, following the release of the report from the UN’s Intergovernmen(...)

A flooded farm in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Farmers along the western and southern seaboard are counting the cost of the recent floods and storms with thousands of acres of farmland covered in s(...)

“Is this not effectively giving CPO [compulsory purchase order] powers to private companies – multinational, in many instances – by a back door provided by the ESB?” ICMSA president John Comer asked. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association has claimed that a proposed Bill going through the Oireachtas would see the ESB acting as a “Trojan (...)

Newly elected IFA president Eddie Downey giving his inaugural address at the 59th IFA annual general meeting in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator

New IFA president Eddie Downey has vowed to change the “Big Brother” mentality surrounding farm inspections and said he would fight to secure a new ch(...)

Young farmers to receive 25% top-up on direct payments and cap to be imposed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A new environmental scheme, more funding for young farmers and a new grant scheme for artisan food producers are among the measures included in the Go(...)

The controversy over plans by Eirgrid to erect pylons across the country is just another example of the way the State is abandoning rural Ireland, John Comer president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association has said.   Photograph: Wolfgang von Brauchitsch /Bloomberg

The controversy over plans by Eirgrid to erect pylons across the country is just another example of the way the State is abandoning rural Ireland, Joh(...)

Talking about the Budget at the height of summer seems a bit premature until you remember that the Budget has been brought forward from December to Oc(...)