Sinn Féin has warned it will take legal action if TDs are not allowed to debate and vote on government regulations they oppose. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has warned the party will take legal action if TDs are not allowed to debate and vote on government regulations they oppose, including fishe(...)

The new annual fishing quota deal includes a ban on discarding undersized or over-quota fish at sea, including prawn, whiting, haddock (above) and hake. Photograph: Getty

Fishing industry representatives have welcomed the annual quota deal secured by Minister for Marine Simon Coveney in Brussels early on Wednesday, whic(...)

Thomas Pringle said  Irish fishermen account for less than 20 per cent of fish caught in Irish waters every year. Photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Factory super trawlers were damaging the livelihoods of fishermen off the west and northwest coasts, Independent Donegal South West TD Thomas Pringle(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney said:  “We want people who are currently working in the fishing industry but are undocumented - we want to change their status to make sure they are legally working here under a contract of employment. Then after that first three months, there will be a quota, a cap if you like, of 500 people.” File photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

A new work permit system for non-European migrant workers in the fishing industry is to be capped at 500 individuals. Minister for Agriculture and th(...)

Minister Howlin’s comments follow claims illegal African and Asian migrant workers are routinely used as cheap labour on board some Irish trawlers.  Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

The Government is setting up an interdepartmental taskforce to examine claims about the mistreatment of workers on Irish fishing fleets. The move foll(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has moved to dampen speculation about the general election taking place this year, saying the Coalition wants to stay in power and implement its policies. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has moved to dampen speculation about the general election taking place this year, saying the Coalition wants t(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney: praised Quinlan Seafood for its entrepreneurial spirit. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A family-owned business in Kerry which is to create 120 jobs in a series of seafood bars across the country has been praised for its entrepreneurial s(...)

Piglets feeding on grain at the IFA protest outside the European Commission offices in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Farmers dumped grain in front of the European Commission buildings in Dublin yesterday and warned that farm incomes were being “ripped apart”. (...)

A challenge for Europe

It took the deaths of 800 refugees in a single incident in the Mediterranean, last April, to spur European leaders into action. But while they promise(...)

The writing has been on the wall for a while, but what a few weeks it has been for Irish beef – Ireland is now the only European country to be allowed(...)