Jim Woulfe chief chief executive of  Dairygold. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / Irish Times

Dairy market returns fell by 50 per cent last year on the back of oversupply and weaker demand linked to China’s stockpiling of milk powder and Russia(...)

Searching  for a deal ....  US secretary of state John Kerry looks at the view of Lake Geneva from his hotel room as the Iran nuclear talks continue, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but they hit (...)

A journalist naps after Iran nuclear program talks extended into the early morning at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Pool/Getty Images 1:28

China’s foreign minister said there was “significant progress in core issues” in Iran talks to reach an outline accord reining in Tehran’s nuclear pro(...)

Joint news conference: German chancellor Angela Merkel  and French president François Hollande   yesterday. Photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

After three years of mixed messages and missed chances, two tragedies in three months have kickstarted the stalled Franco-German motor.Chancellor Ang(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry waits with others before a meeting with Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool via The New York Times 1:28

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said he would rejoin talks on Iran’s nuclear programme in Lausanne later on Tuesday and said there was a good (...)

US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2nd L), US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (2nd R) wait to start a meeting with  Iranian officials in Lausanne. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

The foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers met on Monday in a final push for a preliminary nuclear accord less than two days before their dea(...)

Emer O’Toole: ‘Because I see sexuality as a spectrum, defining myself as gay, straight or bisexual is not the way to describe my sexuality.’ Photograph: Meera Paleja

Before “gay” there was “queer”. “Queer” is a word that I grew up knowing as a playground insult, although it was one I detested and never used, sin(...)

On the moo-ve: after more than three decades, the milk quota regime is being abolished. Photograph: AFP/George Gobet

Dairy farmers are going to be partying like it’s the early 1980s tomorrow night because, after more than three decades, the milk quota regime is being(...)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (centre) and director-general for political and security affairs at the French foreign ministry Nicolas de Riviere (right) attend a working session with their team  during Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne.  Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Iran and six world powers tried to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned that attempts to reach a preliminary de(...)

One of the beautifully restored reception rooms of Ballyfin in Co Laois

If Carson, the butler from Downton Abbey, were to appear on the steps of Ballyfin in Co Laois it would be no great surprise. The demesne’s mile-lon(...)