Michael Kelly, founder of Grow It Yourself, with Sara Whelan from New Ross’s edible quayside project. Some 200 projects  have been approved for grant aid from a community gardens fund run by Grow it Yourself. Photograph: Patrick Browne

A vegetable garden for asylum seekers in Clonakilty, Co Cork and a community garden to reduce isolation on Inishbofin island, Co Galway are just two o(...)

Farmers must sign up for five years under the scheme and will receive up to €220 per hectare a year while they are converting to organic farming.

A new organic farming scheme will offer increased payments to encourage more farmers to enter the sector, Tom Hayes, the Minister of State with respon(...)

Leaders of the dairy industry gathered at the Department of Agriculture for a dairy-filled breakfast to mark the end of the milk quota regime with Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.

Leaders of the dairy industry gathered at the Department of Agriculture for a dairy-filled breakfast to mark the end of the milk quota regime with Min(...)

Announcement of  two investments was made by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney (above) and Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton. Photograph:  Sean Curtin

Opening a new dairy processing technology centre is like adding a new software engine to the dairy sector, Pádraig McPhillips, chief executive of a(...)

Bord Bia expects new schem too benefit at least eight   Irish businesses this year

Bord Bia has launched a new €400,000 grant scheme for “high potential” food and drink firms to take their business to the next level.Details of its ne(...)

Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts  for his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

Here’s an overview of the key evidence from the High Court this week, where Ian Bailey is suing the Garda Commissioner and State over the conduct of (...)

Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey leaving the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins

A total of 54 suspects or persons of interest were identified by gardaí investigating the murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in (...)

Simon Coveney:  ‘It’s purely my view that retailers should not be selling food for half nothing in an effort to drum up business.’ Photograph: Oliviet Hoslet/EPA

The new Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has warned the Department of Agriculture against asking supermarkets not to engage in Christma(...)

Ian Bailey case: This week the court heard Marie Farrell deny claiming she would get  a cut of any damages won from the State and that Garda surveillance of Mr Bailey was ‘not appropriate’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

WitnessesFormer Schull shopkeeper Marie FarrellRetired Garda and Person of the Year John WilsonChief Supt Tom Hayes of West Cork Garda DivisionMarie F(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace said while many people were very passionate about working with greyhounds in different facets, there was a serious problem in the industry.

There is no room in the greyhound industry for anybody breaking the law, Minister of State for Agriculture Tom Hayes told the Dáil.“We will do everyth(...)