The LÉ ‘Niamh’ is sailing today to begin Mediterranean rescue duty. Photograph: Defence Forces/PA Wire

Naval Service vessel LÉ Niamh is due to sail from Cork harbour today for humanitarian search and rescue duty in the Mediterranean. The patrol ship, un(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney one of three Ministers who have flown to Malta to pay tribute to the crew of the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Eithne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Three Government Ministers have flown to the Maltese capital of Valletta to pay tribute to the 68-strong crew of the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Eith(...)

The Marine Institute has recommended that offshore salmon farms should be capped at production of 7,000 tonnes. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) plans for a 15,000-tonne offshore organic fish farm in Galway Bay are in doubt, following new size guidelines published by t(...)

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, and his wife, Madam Cheng, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Garvey’s farm Gortbrack, Co Mayo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Chinese premier Li Keqiang and Taoiseach Enda Kenny have signed two new memoranda of understanding during a visit by a high-level Chinese delegation i(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney said  the Government had agreed to increase its support for the Cork event centre from €10 million to €12 million. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

BARRY ROCHE Cork City Council is to increase financial support for a €50 millon event centre to be built on the former brewery site by Heineken Irelan(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney: new measures.

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney has angered inshore fishermen on the west coast with new measures to protect lobster stocks that he has signed (...)

Simon Coveney:  ‘It’s purely my view that retailers should not be selling food for half nothing in an effort to drum up business.’ Photograph: Oliviet Hoslet/EPA

The new Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has warned the Department of Agriculture against asking supermarkets not to engage in Christma(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney said he  faced his “most serious” council ever.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland has successfully resisted radical cuts in key whitefish quotas, following a deal brokered by Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney at the EU A(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney said the cuts in the white fish quotas were ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Environmental groups have criticised Minister for Marine Simon Coveney for his opposition to many cuts proposed by the European Commission as part of (...)

“A fully-fledged UN mission, with Irish troops participating, could have an effective role rather than the current scattergun approach.” Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

A call has been made for the Government to reassess the effectiveness of the Defence Forces in overseas missions amid claims of a “scattergun” poli(...)