In politics, predictions made when there is no short-term prospect of a change of leader can become moot by the time that change occurs. In the(...)

Last year was the worst year for farm deaths since 1991. Thirty people lost their lives in incidents which mainly involved machinery and animals

It’s the little things that stay with you when you watch the video testimonies about the impact of fatal farm accidents. The green knitted cap floatin(...)

Timing is everything. Simon Coveney, one of Fine Gael’s leaders-in-waiting, has lost status and been censored for having no ideological objections to (...)

The milk quota regime ends on March 31st, meaning farmers can produce as much milk as they like. Ahead of this farmers have been increasing their milk supply. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Dairy farmers could be facing a €100 million penalty for producing too much milk if current trends continue, according to estimates by ICOS, the repre(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: faced significant internal Fine Gael criticism since his contentious remarks. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has rebuked Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney for his suggestion that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil could sha(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney “should have known better” than to say he is willing to consider a pact with Fianna Fáil after the next election.

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney “should have known better” than to say he(...)

‘While Gerry Adams and Mary Lou like playing hard to get, they aren’t categorically ruling out future advances.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It’s becoming like a dysfunctional dating agency in the Dáil. People in Fine Gael making cow eyes at Fianna Fáil and elements in Fianna Fáil batting (...)

Minster for Agriculture Simon Coveney: ‘No major impediment preventing Fine Gael  from entering a coalition with Fianna Fáil’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There has been mixed reaction within Fine Gael to Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s comment that there was no major impediment preventing it f(...)

Fine Gael TD and Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney who has refused to rule out a coalition with Fianna Fáil after the next election. Photograph: Collins

Another senior figure in Fine Gael has said he is willing to consider a pact with Fianna Fáil after the next election, breaking a rivalry between b(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with  with Miriam O’Callaghan in RTÉ Radio studios on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) saluted the courage of the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on Sunday after he talked publicly for the fir(...)