Minister for Marine Simon Coveney (left) talks with EU Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Commissioner Maria Damanaki  prior to the EU Luxembourg Agriculture and Fisheries Council at EU Headquarters in Luxembourg today. Photograph: EPA

EU agriculture and fisheries ministers have agreed on measures to help the EU fishing industry in the wake of the Russian embargo on EU fish products.(...)

Mr Coveney said that he differed with the EU on “significant aspects of the deal”, which will set some 15.6 per cent of the north-east Atlantic stock aside for Iceland, Greenland and Russia. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney has welcomed agreement between the EU, Norway and the Faroe islands on share-out of the north-east Atlant(...)

Solicitor Neville O’Byrne has officially taken over as Senior Steward of the Turf Club. He replaces Roddy Ryan. A member of the Turf Club since 2007, (...)

 Mackerel  atop monkfish and sea bass. The popular fish is now being endangered by ‘Olympic fishing’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Iceland’s ambassador to Britain and Ireland, Benedikt Jonsson, has called for “negotiations” rather than a “war of words” with the EU, following the d(...)

The dispute over the North Atlantic mackerel stock has drawn comparisons with the “cod wars” of the 1950s and 1970s between Britain and Iceland

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney has said he hopes proposed EU measures to limit over-fishing of North Atlantic mackerel stocks will force a real(...)

Egyptian colleagues grieve and pray beside the hearse containing the body of Tit Bonhomme crew member Attia Shaban at the pier at Union Hall in west Cork after his body was recovered on January 19th, 2012. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Fishing skippers will be able to apply for grant-aid for safety equipment as one of a series of Government measures announced today aimed at reducing (...)

Simon Coveney: policy will provide for a “vital, vibrant industry and healthy fishing stock”

Victory has been claimed by all sides in agreeing the new Common Fisheries Policy, the 10-year plan for managing fish stocks in “blue Europe”. (...)

British chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: it is thanks in part to  his lobbying  that EU maritime affairs commissioner Maria Damanaki made a ban on discards her priority

When a French fisherman criticised the European Commission for managing the sea “as though it were an aquarium plugged into a computer”, he could h(...)

Simon Coveney: brokered a compromise text

Agreement on an EU fish management policy that copperfastens a ban on discards at sea has edged closer, following 36 hours of (...)

April’s values follow on from one of the coldest months of March for 50 years. Above, dead lambs lie in the snow as farmers search for trapped sheep in snow drifts in the Aughafatten area of Co Antrim on March 26th last. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Last month was the coldest April for 24 years in the north and west of the country as the exceptionally cold spring continues. Temperat(...)