Maireád McGuinness: her  call on the EU to immediately drop the superlevy regime in light of the impact of the Russian ban on dairy produce was rejected. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The EU’s handling of the impact of the Russian food import ban has been defended by outgoing EU commissioner for agriculture Dacian Ciolos amid calls(...)

Farming orgaisations welcomed Phil Hogan’s appointment as agriculture commissioner while Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesman Éamon Ó Cuív urged him to tackle the current beef crisis.

There was universal welcome from farm organisations and farming figures for Phil Hogan’s appointment as EU commissioner for agriculture and rural affa(...)

Phil Hogan who was named as the EU’s next agriculture commissioner today. Photograph: Collins

Phil Hogan has been named as the next EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, marking the second time Ireland has secured the post foll(...)

The IFA says cattle prices have fallen €200-€400 per head since this time last year

The current difficulties in the beef industry have led to the biggest crisis to ever face livestock farmers, IFA president Eddie Downey has said.He s(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs and outgoing Labour leader Eamon Gilmore arrives for a Foreign Affairs council meeting of EU Ministers at the EU Headquarters in Luxembourg last week. Photograph: EPA

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has forcefully outlined Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s credentials for the post of European Commissioner and (...)

The Danish capital, Copenhagen: Six years ago the Danish political establishment reached a far-reaching agreement on the future of the country’s energy transmission network.

Six years ago the Danish political establishment reached a far-reaching agreement on the future of the country’s energy transmission network. The Dani(...)

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the Cope Gallagher to retain her seat in the enlarged Midlands North-West constituency.

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the (...)

Independent MEP Marian Harkin celebrates with family and supporters after retaining her seat at the count for the European Parliament  North West Midlands constituency in the Royal Theatre,  Castlebar, Co Mayo this morning. Photograph:  Michael Donnelly

Ireland’s final European Parliament seat was filled in the early hours of this morning, when outgoing independent MEP Marian Harkin retained her seat (...)

Maireád McGuinness is congratulated by supporters after she took the second seat in the European Parliament for Midlands North-West. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

A full recheck of the count in the European Parliament election for Midlands North West has been announced after a dramatic eighth count after which o(...)

 Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan celebrates his victory in the European elections at the count centre in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Counting of European election votes was continuing last night in the Midlands North West constituency where Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitri(...)