Badger culls have been used to try to stop the spread of TB, but this method of disease control has been criticised by animal welfare groups, particularly in the UK. File photograph: Getty Images

Not even badgers are safe from the prying eyes of Big Brother. Zoologists from Trinity College Dublin are using GPS tracking technology in Co Wicklow (...)

Minister for Development Seán Sherlock said Ireland’s contribution would fund humanitarian supplies, health, education, water and sanitation services, as well as measures to protect children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland will provide €12 million in funding and emergency supplies to help people affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria, Minister of State for(...)

Irish Water: “A full clean-up is under way and relevant agencies will be notified.” Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Water has confirmed that a chemical spill of fluoride occurred at a water treatment plant in Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny on Monday afternoon.A s(...)

NDC chief Zoe Kavanagh: “How do you make sure that we have mechanisms in place to ensure that we are operating to the highest standards rather than depending on the weakest link?”

Food scares, price volatility and the power of supermarket chains are among the key challenges facing the dairy industry after the milk quota regime i(...)

Polish MEP and candidate for President of Poland Janusz Korwin-Mikke addressing supporters in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Candidate for the Polish presidency Janusz Korwin-Mikke used the soccer game as a chance to meet several hundred voters at a pre-match event in Ballsb(...)

Digging in: Mick O’Dea and Matt Smith at Moy Hill Community Farm. Photograph: Calum Creasey

It’s like a scene from 1950s Ireland. Two workhorses are pulling a harrow across a field in Lahinch. But this is far from a typical farm. After all, L(...)

Kanayo Nwanze, president of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development, said it was only when Ebola crossed the African deserts into Europe and crossed the ocean into the United States that “the world began to tremble”. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

The cost of dealing with the Ebola outbreak was nearly three times what it would have cost to build a universal health service in the three affected c(...)

EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan said Europe would not allow the importation of hormone beef if a trade deal is agreed with the US. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Beef from cattle raised with hormones and an angel dust derivative could appear on Irish supermarket shelves if EU negotiators do not take a firm line(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, pictured with Mary Fogarty from the Cottage Cafe in Loughmore village, Co Tipperary, said he was keen to see new ideas for renewing villages and small towns. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Groups interested in running the €250 million local development Leader programme in their areas have been invited to make an expression of interest.T(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell: suggested “accident-free days” notices

Leading GAA figures should be used to promote farm safety, the Seanad public consultation committee has heard. The committee also heard suggestions f(...)