I type these words, large, fat snowflakes are fluttering icily from the sky like a scene out of Mother Goose. So, no kind of weather to garden out of(...)

 Liz O’Brien at her flood-damaged home  at Kilganey, Clonmel. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there is a number of  ways homeowners can  claim funds for flood damage relief.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government wants to be “generous” to flood victims, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said, as it emerged that no limit has been placed on the le(...)

A resident clears out flood water this week from property in  Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government’s bill to cope with Ireland’s flood damage is expected to exceed €100 million, even in advance of another round of heavy rainfall due o(...)

Michael O’Meara believes certain   fish  which are currently  discarded can and should be eaten

Moon jellyfish, rabbit fish, grenadier or “rat tail” and wolf eel don’t look particularly tasty and tend to get tossed overboard when netted at sea. (...)

Retired champion jockey Tony McCoy: In a career of more than two decades, he rode over 4,300 winners. Photograph: PA

Recently retired 20-time champion jockey AP McCoy from Moneyglass, Co Antrim, has received a knighthood in the British new year’s honours list for ser(...)

An Atlantic salmon: Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s licence application had aroused opposition among angling and environmental groups.

Advocates and opponents of aquaculture have welcomed the decision by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) to withdraw its licence application for a 15,000-tonne(...)

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has decided to withdraw its application for a 15,000 tonne fish farm in Galway Bay. The project, which aimed to generate 50(...)

The sight of Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Ann Phelan piloting a piece of legislation through committee and final stages all on her own drew some adverse comment in the media but Government and Opposition TDs were unrepentant about abandoning the chamber

The Dáil adjourned for Christmas with a minimum of the ritual shouting and roaring that usually marks the end of a parliamentary session. It was as i(...)

Thomas “Slab” Murphy arriving at the Special Criminal Court: the court was “satisfied beyond reasonable doubt” Murphy was guilty on all of the indictment’s counts. Photograph: Collins Courts

On the 13th day of the trial for tax evasion of Thomas “Slab” Murphy, his defence counsel, John Kearney QC, apologised to the court. “You didn’t wande(...)

Thomas “Slab” Murphy after appearing in court in  2007: Murphy was once described as “a good republican” by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy has been found guilty of tax evasion by the Special Criminal Court for failing to furnish tax returns for ne(...)