Activists have been calling for an 80 per cent reduction target in carbon emissions to be enshrined in Irish legislation, as it is in other European states. This has been resisted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, however. File photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has bowed to criticism from environmental groups by moving to address the absence of specific emission targets in its climate change Bi(...)

EU commissioner Phil Hogan: “I cannot get satisfaction from the Greek authorities or even get replies to letters sent since last Christmas.” Photograph: Patrick Bolger

The impending arrival of the commissioner for agriculture sparked panic in the Oireachtas catering division on Tuesday as worried staff rushed to hide(...)

Minister Simon Coveney said previously the cow in Louth was most likely to have contracted the disease, if it proves to be the case, from contaminated feed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said he expects to be able to reveal test results from a suspected case of BSE in Co Louth on Thursday of t(...)

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development  Phil Hogan. “Our populations are ageing rapidly and we still need major reforms to ensure pensions and healthcare systems can cope with this societal shift.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The European Union has jobs and people at its core and is much more than an economic project, according to Ireland’s commissioner, Phil Hogan. Mr H(...)

 Mike McDonnell: chairman of Universal Talent Solutions HR group, with Phil Hogan EU commissioner for agriculture, and Martin Whelan, managing director of the group. Photograph:  Paul Sherwood

An online recruitment service for Europe’s €75 billion meat-processing industry was launched by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan in Dublin yeste(...)

The case centres on a five-year-old Robunt cow which was found dead on a dairy farm close to Louth village.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney is expected to reveal the test results on a suspected case of BSE in Co Louth later this week. If confirmed, i(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

 EU commissioner for agriculture  Phil Hogan: “It’s taxpayers’ money and I’m sure other sectors will follow suit in due course.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The publication of payments received by farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) is not new. The details were published for a period in the (...)

Estate agents have come in for their fair share of criticism since we all gained post-bubble 20/20 hindsight vision. UK novelist Phil Hogan goes a ste(...)

Bobby Aylward (centre) has his hand raised by Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil colleague John McGuinness on his arrival at Leinster House after winning a byelection in the constituency at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil put on a united front as it welcomed Carlow-Kilkenny byelection winner Bobby Aylward back to Leinster House. Mr Aylward (60) arrived to t(...)