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 (...)

Lambs which perished during blizzard conditions earlier this week lie in the snow as farmers Donald O'Reilly and Keith McQuillan search for trapped sheep  in the Aughafatten area of Co Antrim. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland has defended its decision to stand down air support providing emergency relief to strick(...)

Pedestrains caught in snow flurrys in Dublin’s Stephens Green today .Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Temperatures will rise only slightly to 7 or 8 degrees over the long weekend but it is expected to remain largely dry, according to Met Éireann(...)