Willie Penrose, Labour TD: “I’m scared of everybody heading for the hills and expanding like nobody’s business. You could have a confluence of factors coming that would actually eat up farmers’ incomes and leave them with virtually nothing.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Politicians have questioned bank assurances that dairy farmers are well-positioned to deal with volatile prices when the milk quota ends on March 1st.(...)

Willie Penrose: “The people who are tramping the highways and byways of Ireland are the people I want to be seen given an opportunity by RTÉ.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Labour minister of State Willie Penrose has accused RTÉ of a “massive failing” towards Irish music. Mr Penrose said he had written to RTÉ askin(...)

Irish Dairy Board chairman Aaron Forde: said milk superlevy bill would be ‘potentially one of the highest ever imposed’. Photograph:  Kenneth O’Halloran/JCP.

Concerns that dairy farmers are heading for a “perfect storm” have been raised by members of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture. The milk (...)

 Rihanna pictured shooting a music video  in Belfast in 2011. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan.

Australian popstar Kylie Minogue is considered Irish as is Barbadian singer Rihanna because of their music, the Dáil has heard.“Crazy loopholes” in vo(...)

new investigations division has been set up in the Department of Agriculture, in a move welcomed by farm groups who Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the Department of Agriculture’s new investigations division would be headed by a senior superintending veterinary officer and supported by a team of investigators. Photograph: Eric Luke

A new investigations division has been set up in the Department of Agriculture, in a move welcomed by farm groups who have been critical of the dep(...)

Chin wag: Labour party members pose for a group photo at Whites Hotel In Wexford. “When you shoot people from above, it tends to eliminate double chins,” explained a photographer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It appeared Labour was taking the weekend’s opinion poll very badly.Their annual think-in didn’t sound like it was going too well either. As the openi(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said his thoughts were with the families of those who had lost loved ones on the ill-fated airline. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Irish woman who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 had returned home from Australia to assist her siblings in the care of her mother who had(...)

Technician performing medical scan to a patient.

Men are more likely to die of cancer, and have lower five-year survival rates than women. According to figures produced by the National Cancer Registr(...)

Labour TD for Dublin South and Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White (centre) who confirmed he will contest the leadership of the Labour Party at a press briefing on the Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin today. Photograph: Collins 2:25

Minister of State Alex White has joined Joan Burton in the race to be the next leader of the Labour Party. Mr White, a Dublin South TD, said Labour ha(...)

Minister of State Alex White arriving at party  meeting on Monday which was held  prior to the announcement of Eamon Gilmore’s resignation as  leader. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 2:38

Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White will have a battle on his hands when, as expected, he declares his intention to contest the Labour Party(...)