Senator Gerard Craughwell: suggested “accident-free days” notices

Leading GAA figures should be used to promote farm safety, the Seanad public consultation committee has heard. The committee also heard suggestions f(...)

 Irish Farmers Association  president Eddie Downey: he said the policy scenarios were “hypothetical and illustrative”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Farm groups have expressed concerns about a climate change report which offers scenarios that would result in major reductions in the size of Ireland’(...)

Dairy farmer Michael Doran from Duncormick, Co Wexford. Doran used to be a well-known figure in the beef sector. Photograph: Patrick Browne

There was some surprise when it emerged that suckler farmer Michael Doran was taking up dairying. The farmer from Duncormick, Co Wexford, was a well-k(...)

Sheep farmers have reported a spate of attacks on their flocks in recent weeks even before the lambing season gets into full swing this weekend. While(...)

Bus Éireann chief executive Martin Nolan said if the Government wanted smaller towns and villages on commercial routes to be serviced, it would have to pay a subsidy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Planned cuts to some of Bus Éireann’s rural routes have been condemned by farm groups and organisations of rural and older people. The national bus se(...)

Mairéad McGuinness: “Clear and accurate information is all that consumers want.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI) has accused the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) of unfairly targeting its members with its latest pr(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey  before Tuesday’s agm. “I know what it’s like to try and head up an organisation, having worked in it for 25 years.”  Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

IFA president Eddie Downey has said he wished a new rival farm organisation well but warned they would face a tough battle.The new national organisat(...)

Farms are  “a dangerous place. We need to go in and farm defensively, think defensively. We have to get a change in attitudes,” IFA president  Eddie Downey has said. “We cannot keep going on losing lives the way we are.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Farmers are involved in more fatal incidents because lack of profit is forcing them to work longer hours to support their families, IFA president Eddi(...)

Lester Ryan, Kilkenny’s linchpin, is in mourning after the sudden death of his father, Johnny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

A Kilkenny farmer has become the first farm fatality of the year in this State after dying in a machinery-related incident at his farm.Johnny Ryan, ag(...)

Dr Alex Copland, senior conservation officer of BirdWatch Ireland, said birds such as greenfinches, linnets and yellowhammers were still found in nests in August. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Farm groups and environmentalists are on a collision course over potential changes to the period when hedges can be cut.Under the Wildlife Act, lando(...)