Competitors on the third and final day of Ploughing at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois, this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The National Ploughing Championships will be held in Ratheniska, near Stradbally, Co Laois for the third year in a row next year, the National Ploughi(...)

Tom and John Paul Nolan from Nolan Contractors in Tullow, Co Carlow take a break at the third and final day of  the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times. 2:39

A new record is set to be achieved today as the National Ploughing Championships draws to a close with overall attendance expected to top 250,000. Som(...)

 President Michael D Higgins with “Bud and Michael” during the Horse Ploughing Competition at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The National Ploughing Championships was described as “the most beloved rendezvous in Ireland’s rural calendar” when President Michael D Higgins opene(...)

There’s only one question being asked in farming circles this week: “Are you going to the Ploughing?” The annual pilgrimage to the National Ploughing (...)

Senator John Whelan: ongoing speculation unfair to staff and public

Labour Senator John Whelan has called on the Minister for Health and the head of the HSE to make a statement on the future of the Midland Regional Ho(...)

Models on a 1967 Nuffield tractor at Ratheniska, Co Laois. The 2014 National Ploughing Championships will be held there this month. Photograph: Alf Harvey

The mud has hardly dried on the boots that returned from the Electric Picnic but Stradbally is already bracing itself for a much bigger influx of visi(...)

Anna Marie McHugh, appointed general secretary last year of the World Ploughing Organisation, the first woman to hold this role

All eyes may have been on Kilkenny and Tipperary in Croke Park yesterday but Carlow and Wexford stole a march on them by coming first and third in th(...)

Alex White receiving the seal of office for the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Who will be the next chair of the RTÉ board? The appointment will be one of the first tasks to fall to ex-RTÉ radio producer Alex White, the new Minis(...)

Minister of State for Transport Alan Kelly  during his announcement that he will seek election as Labour Party deputy leader. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times 2:20

Two new candidates have emerged as contenders for the Labour Party deputy leadership this lunchtime.Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean(...)

Independent Senator David Norris:  supported the call for a debate, and said Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien  “as a descendant of Brian Ború . . . should have declared an interest”.

A call has been made for “proper regulatory oversight” to be put in place for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which(...)