After the COP21 environmental conference in Paris, the IFA said the next Dáil must pitch a “robust defence” of Ireland’s interests in trade policy and climate change negotiations. Photograph: Getty Images

The next government should introduce more severe sentencing for repeat offenders in an attempt to tackle perceptions of rising crime rates in rural Ir(...)

Carlow IFA chairman Derek Deane. Photograph: Alan Betson

He who wields the knife never wears the crown, or so it seems for Carlow IFA chairman Derek Deane, the whistleblower at the centre of the pay controve(...)

The IFA’s Carlow chairman, Derek Deane, failed to get the required backing of at least six county executives ahead of Wednesday’s deadline for nominations, ruling him out of the race.  Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The Irish Farmers’ Association officer who exposed the pay issues which led to the resignation of its president and general secretary claims he has be(...)

Derek Deane: Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish  Times

The whistleblower at the centre of the pay controversy within the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has made a last-minute bid to contest the associati(...)

Ryanair had previously said that if it could secure “workable Belfast-Gatwick slots” it would launch a high frequency service

Ryanair is expected today to make good on a promise issued last month by chief executive Michael O’Leary to expand and re-establish a “base in Belfast(...)

Former  IFA president Eddie Downey. File Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The deputy president of the Irish Farmers’ Association and an official centrally involved in exposing issues over pay and pensions at the organisation(...)

IFA deputy president Tim O’Leary speaking with Economist Con Lucey whose report was published today, at the IFA Executive Council Meeting at the farm Centre in Dublin. Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke

The treasurer of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), Jer Bergin, has been elected to serve as chairman following another marathon meeting of the org(...)

Pat Smith’s severance package comprised an up-front payment of €1m followed by €100,000 annually for 10 years and is separate from his €2.7m pension pot. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former general secretary of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Pat Smith is threatening to sue the association if it fails to pay his €2 million sev(...)

General Secretary of the IFA Pat Smith was forced to resign last week in the wake of criticism of his salary package, which was €445,000 in 2014 and €535,000 in 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke

The president and the treasurer of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) refused to sign off on former general secretary Pat Smith’s pay last year beca(...)

 IFA President Eddie Downey.Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The deputy president of Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Tim O’Leary has pledged to rebuild the trust of the association’s membership following the co(...)