IFA president Eddie Downey is facing calls for his resignation over the controversial salary package paid to former secretary general Pat Smith. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Eddie Downey has come under pressure to explain his role in the current pay controversy surround(...)

Irish beef exports to the US are currently limited to high-values steak cuts such as fillet, sirloin and rib-eye. Photograph:  Ilvy Njiokiktjien/AFP/Getty Images

Beef exports to the US have picked up significantly in recent weeks, according to the Department of Agriculture. As of the first week of November, app(...)

Pat Smith was forced to resign because of the controversy over his remuneration. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

One insider described it as a “code of omerta” across the entire upper echelon of the organisation. Another said the controversy was merely a smokescr(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney said:  “We want people who are currently working in the fishing industry but are undocumented - we want to change their status to make sure they are legally working here under a contract of employment. Then after that first three months, there will be a quota, a cap if you like, of 500 people.” File photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

A new work permit system for non-European migrant workers in the fishing industry is to be capped at 500 individuals. Minister for Agriculture and th(...)

Beef farming – per kilogram of production – produces nearly 20 times more emissions than dairy farming. Photograph: Getty

The Department of Agriculture’s media briefing on climate change yesterday was noteworthy for two reasons. First, the acknowledgment by officials tha(...)

A total of 79 trees across the State were infected with the disease in 2015, which means 195 ash trees have become infected since October 2012. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The number of confirmed findings of Irish trees infected with ash dieback disease, a relatively recently discovered fungal disease, has increased by 6(...)

“Bees by their nature do not respect, regard or identify with borders. They do not fly over large expanses of water either, which is an advantage in our case”

Labour Senator John Whelan has called for the development of apiculture to create jobs. He said it was astounding that Ireland, renowned for its agri(...)

Agricultural agency Teagasc has been given the green light from the Department of Agriculture to begin hiring staff again. After a six-year moratorium(...)

Teagasc has said demand for its courses  has grown to an unprecedented level. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Demand for courses with the agriculture development and training agency Teagasc has grown to an unprecedented level due to a new requirement that farm(...)

Prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau. Photograph: Collins Courts

The trial at the Special Criminal Court of the prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for alleged tax evasion has heard evidence from a Revenue Ins(...)