Minister for Fisheries Michelle O’Neill: she  is more preoccupied with the dairy crisis in the North which has been sparked by the steep drop in milk prices. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Not unlike many people in Northern Ireland Gráinne and John Lavery used “to be in property”. And like a significant percentage of the local population(...)

Michelle O’Neill on assistant referee duty in the SSE Airtricity League.  “It took many supporters a while to accept female officials, but now the respect is there.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho 1:44

From the chaos of an under-10s game on a bumpy local pitch in Wexford to the hype and prestige of the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada, Michelle O’Ne(...)

Raheny United players and coaches celebrate their Women’s FAI Cup victory over UCD Waves at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Raheny United 2 UCD Waves 1 (after extra-time)Holders Raheny United were pushed all the way by newcomers UCD Waves to claim their third FAI Women’s Cu(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers  Photograph: David Young/PA

Stormont ministers will hold a crunch meeting today in a bid to strike a deal on a hard hitting budget ahead of a deadline tomorrow.If the power-shari(...)

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(...)

Dead lambs lie in the snow as farmers Donald O’Reilly and Keith McQuillan search for trapped sheep in snow drifts in the Aughafatten area of Co Antrim,  March 26th, 2013. Photograph: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Farmers swamped by heavy snowfalls in the North this spring could receive hardship payments by the end of June, it was revealed. Thousand(...)

Massive snowdrifts in parts of counties Down and Antrim in late March left sheep stranded in remote areas of Northern Ireland and British and Irish relief helicopters were brought in to airlift feed. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Almost 29,000 farm animals died following recent cold weather in Northern Ireland, it has been revealed. Massive snowdrifts in parts of c(...)

Dead lambs lie in the snow as farmers search for trapped sheep in snow drifts in the Aughafatten area of Co Antrim last month. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Northern farmers and the Stormont Executive are braced for a spiralling bill for large-scale livestock losses following last month’s devastatin(...)

Sheep trying to feed near Slemish mountain in Co Antrim. Photogaph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

The body representing the North’s farmers has welcomed a relief package worth up to £5 million for the heavy (...)