The reduction in the number of departments was suggested during the Stormont House Agreement. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson has formally named the nine new departments that will replace the existing 12 Northern Executive departments in (...)

Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan criticised the Department of Agriculture for a lack of communication. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Department of Agriculture officials have rejected Turf Club concerns that their independence is potentially threatened by the proposed Horse Racing I(...)

The Horse Racing Ireland Amendment Bill will be put before the Dáil in June. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Irish racing’s regulatory body the Turf Club plans to legally challenge sections of the new Horse Racing Ireland Amendment Bill if it gets passed int(...)

Jason Coyle, director of Mr Crumb food export business in Finea, Co Westmeath: “We have broadband, but not broadband of the capability or the capacity to run a modern business the way it should.”

Every second Friday, Independent TD Stephen Donnelly hosts a meeting of interested parties, businesses and residential, solely on the issue of broadba(...)

The European Parliament has approved plans that would force food producers to identify the country of origin of meat used as an ingredient in processed foods.  File photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The European Parliament has given its backing to plans that would force food producers to identify the country of origin of meat used as an ingredient(...)

Department of Agriculture veterinary inspector Michael O’Brien said that when he visited the farm in November 2013 it was a “catastrophe”. Photograph: The Irish Times

A farmer with 41 previous convictions for animal welfare offences has been fined after pleading guilty to two more cruelty cases.PJ Shiel (46) from Re(...)

“The (European) Commission went to the industry lobby groups and asked if more transparent labelling would cost more, so of course it said it would,” said Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Agriculture has expressed serious reservations about proposals before the European Parliament which would force producers to supply (...)

Founder Larry Goodman has been ABP’s executive chairman since 2008.

Larry Goodman’s ABP Foods has become the first European company to sign a major deal to supply beef in the US since the lifting of the embargo. The Lo(...)

The DSPCA says the 116 puppies seized in raid on Dublin Port on Wednesday are generally in good health, but cannot be adopted yet as they may be used as evidence. Photograph: DSPCA 1:42

The 116 puppies seized by gardaí at Dublin Port cannot be put up for adoption yet because they could be used as evidence in a criminal trial, the Dubl(...)

Herdwatch founder Fabien Peyaud: ‘I’m an IT guy, so naturally the thing to do was to figure out how we can help farmers with the adoption of technology.’

“If you’d asked me what a heifer was three years ago, I would have said next question,” says Fabien Peyaud, founder of Herdwatch, a cloud-based “mobil(...)