Simon Coveney: “I am firmly of the view that it is vital that Irish companies have access to as many markets worldwide as possible.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Burgeoning Asian appetites for meat provide a major opportunity for countries such as Ireland that have a strong focus on food exports. Incomes are ri(...)

The Department of Agriculture carries out controls in high-throughput factories slaughtering over 150,000 birds a year, while local authority inspectors do checks at low-throughput establishments.

Major concerns about standards at smaller poultry processing plants have been raised in a European Commission report.The report says the Department o(...)

The sanctions will affect some €70m  worth of exports, says Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter.

The Russian ban on EU food imports came into effect at midnight last night and Russian customs have been ordered to block incoming products from EU c(...)

Much of the fighting in eastern Ukraine has been on the border with Russia, which Ukrainian government forces want to safeguard to prevent any influx of fighters and military hardware from Russia. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA 0:52

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk discussed possible Western alliance support for Ukraine’s d(...)

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Dozens of animal rights activists protested in front of Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s office yesterday over a plan to cull thousands of ba(...)

Colm Ennis and Peter Britton

Tributes have been paid to the two Irish mountaineers who died on a peak in the Mont Blanc massif range at the weekend.The men, Peter Britton (55) fr(...)

Former Fianna Fáil TD and government minister Tony Killeen. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Being told you have a life-affecting disease or illness can obviously come as a shock. But as people come to terms with their diagnosis, many are also(...)

Fine Gael Ministers of State:Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach with Special Responsibility as Government Chief Whip and Defence: Pa(...)

 The marina at Dún Laoghaire Harbour. A lapse in invoicing occurred during transfer of responsibilities between Government departments. Photograph: Eric Luke

Loss of corporate memory during the Government decentralisation programme in 2007 contributed to poor financial management of fishery harbour centres(...)

A report says there were many “deficiencies” in the decision-making process leading to the construction of a €23m stadium in Limerick. Photo INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Bord na gCon, the State greyhound racing board, faces “significant challenges” financially, according to a consultant’s report, which makes a range(...)