Patrick McKee canvassing in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Almost €30,000 was spent by Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland party in its first attempt to have a candidate elected to the Dáil in the Carlow-Kilkenn(...)

Simon Coveney is also getting it in the neck for over-hyping the potential of the US beef market. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Dairy farmers have spent the last two years ramping up production ahead of the ending of milk quotas. Egged on by Government, they’ve expanded herd nu(...)

Salvaging Irish Water

Having made an unholy mess of its efforts to introduce water charges, the Government has added to the confusion in advance of a general election. Ther(...)

Cows being milked. Michael Hanley, Lakeland Dairies chief executive, says the EU failed to recognise the impact of geo-political issues.

The current slump in milk prices may last another nine months, the chief executive of Lakeland Dairies has warned. Michael Hanley said global market(...)

Cork City Hall: given that the city’s governance dates back to the 12th century, it would be an act of folly of historic proportions for the Smiddy committee to recommend amalgamation of the city and county. Photograph: Getty Images.

It is surely unprecedented in the history of this State that no less than 18 former mayors, from all shades of the political spectrum, would join toge(...)

Asda says it will pay the guaranteed minimum price from Monday following talks with the National Farmers’ Union in Britain. Photograph: Reuters/Andrew Yates

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has described a move by discount retailer Asda to pay a minimum price of 28 pence per litre of milk as a “significant (...)

Dairy farmers have warned they are facing a “state of emergency” because of the collapse in milk prices over the past year

German retailer Aldi and British chain Morrisons have agreed to increase the price they pay to British suppliers for milk, bowing to pressure from dai(...)

Protesting dairy farmers brought chaos to a Stafford Asda store when they marched two cows to the dairy produce area. Photograph: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

About €1 billion will be drained from the Irish economy this year as a result of falling milk prices, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association ((...)

Lucinda Creighton: “Fine Gael has become Fianna Fáil, full stop. I don’t see any difference.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

The optics are not ideal. The new party, determined not to be defined as the popish one, is sandwiched between a talk about thanksgiving letters to(...)

‘The new Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, the Economic Management Council, and the Cabinet  redesigned the project in a way that stripped Irish Water of all its original justification.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Not since Sellafield has a company name seemed as toxic to the Irish public as Irish Water. Even though it deals in a life-giving rather than a life-t(...)