John Barrett from Togher, Co Cork,  winner of the Irish Champion Cow Final, at the Virginia Show in Co Cavan. Photograph: Eric Luke

Milk prices might be on the floor, but that did not deter 15,000 farming folk from heading to one of the highlights in their calendar, the Virginia Ag(...)

 Mairéad McGuinness MEP, who led the campaign for Irish customers of Equitable Life to be included in the UK government compensation scheme.  Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Irish Equitable Life policyholders who have been waiting 15 years for compensation may face a tax bill on the payout agreed by the UK government.Reven(...)

MEP Maireád McGuinness: Described the steady fall in farmers’ share of the consumer price as “dramatic”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Alison Healy, Food and Farming CorrespondentThe share of the supermarket price that European farmers receive for food has fallen from 31 per cent to 2(...)

Phil Hogan: said  suppliers are still not getting a fair price from supermarkets for their produce

New legislation to eliminate unfair treatment of suppliers by supermarkets has been promised by EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan by the end of (...)

Mairéad McGuinness: “Clear and accurate information is all that consumers want.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI) has accused the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) of unfairly targeting its members with its latest pr(...)

MEP Brian Hayes: “Irish people expect us, no matter who’s in government, to set out a realistic time frame” to achieve the 0.7 per cent GDP target set out by the UN. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government must set out a timescale to achieve the UN’s target of spending 0.7 per cent GDP on Official Development Assistance (ODA), according to(...)

Mairéad McGuinness: “Farmers are more than the custodians of the land. You are the managers of nature.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Farming lobbyists and Government should not pretend Ireland is trying to feed the world, a conference for young farmers has been told. “The policy is(...)

Young farmers need to ‘regain the environmental clothes’, according to Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness. Macra to Furrow Conventional Plough Class atthe National Ploughing Championships. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Young farmers need to “regain the environmental clothes”, according to Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness.She said the “clothes of the environment shoul(...)

European Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan speaks before the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development at the EU Parliament in Brussels yesterday

The commissioner-designate knew what he had to do. So for the day that was in it, he kept the lid on Big Phil and went heavy on the Humble Hogan. Some(...)

Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan accused Hogan of looking after the rich ‘rancher’ farmers

Ireland’s European commissioner-designate Phil Hogan has won the backing of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee to become the next EU a(...)