Annie and Saoirse Power (both 9 months) from Kilkenny and Noah Connolly (14 months) from Waterford give lessons in feeding to Glanbia Ingredients Ireland chief executive Jim Bergin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan yesterday. Photograph: Jason Clarke

History is littered with case studies which make a compelling case for why politicians should steer clear of small children.Google ‘George W Bush and (...)

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland CEO Jim Bergin,  Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan giving bottles to  Annie and Saoirse Power (9 months), and Noah Connolly (14 months) at the plant which will produce infant formula. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography 1:47

Some 1,600 direct and indirect jobs will be created with today’s opening of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland’s €235 million dairy facility in Belview, its (...)

MEP Maireád McGuinness: Described the steady fall in farmers’ share of the consumer price as “dramatic”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Alison Healy, Food and Farming CorrespondentThe share of the supermarket price that European farmers receive for food has fallen from 31 per cent to 2(...)

Phil Hogan: Considering the possibility of penalising farmers for farm-safety breaches by reducing their farm payments. Photograph: The Irish Times

EU commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan has defended the decision to publish details of payments to farmers under the single-farm payment scheme, i(...)

Phil Hogan: said  suppliers are still not getting a fair price from supermarkets for their produce

New legislation to eliminate unfair treatment of suppliers by supermarkets has been promised by EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan by the end of (...)

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen: says Brendan Howlin is weeping “crocodile tears”.  “I’m glad he’s acknowledged the errors of their ways. I’d like to see ways and means by which he might address those errors.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has rejected a claim by his Cabinet colleague and Labour Minister Brendan Howlin that the abolition of town cou(...)

Brendan Howlin, Aodháin Ó Ríordáin, Alex White, Kathleen Lynch, Jed Nash and Jan O’Sullivan at the Labour party conference in Killarney at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

FIACH KELLYPolitical Correspondent The abolition of town councils – a key plank of the Coalition’s political reform programme – was wrong and should b(...)

News of the elimination of the Number 7 Dublin-Cork route has been greeted by consternation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“At the heart of the community” is the logo that stands proudly at the top of Bus Éireann’s website but if that’s meant to be a promise it’s one that (...)

Phil Hogan: the commissioner is hoping to reach a deal with US negotiators before March 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ireland’s EU commissioner Phil Hogan is urging American negotiators working on the proposed EU-US trade deal to “get on with it” and reach agreement (...)

Mairéad McGuinness: “Clear and accurate information is all that consumers want.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI) has accused the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) of unfairly targeting its members with its latest pr(...)