Farmers demonstrate outside the Meadow Meats plant in Rathdowney, Co Laois. Thousands of farmers assembled at 30 meat plants across the country in support of the IFA’s 24-hour beef-price protest. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

A number of 24-hour protests by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) outside 30 meat factories throughout the Republic concerning cattle prices have e(...)

Farmers protest outside the Meadow Meats plant in Rathdowney, Co Laois. Thousands of farmers assembled at 30 meat plants across the country in support of the IFA’s 24-hour beef price protest. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The Irish Farmers Association has strongly defended its 24-hour protests about cattle prices outside 30 meat factories throughout the Republic(...)

Farmers led by IFA president Eddie Downey (front left) and IFA national livestock chairman Henry Burns at the Department of Agriculture in June during a protest over cattle prices. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Farmers have begun a 24-hour blockade on meat factories in a protest at what they claim are low cattle prices. The action, organised by the Irish Farm(...)

John Hartnett: fired  off a few home truths

John Hartnett, the effective lord mayor of the Irish-American tech glitterati, fired off a few home truths in the Doubletree hotel in Dublin on Wednes(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey said farmers are  receiving €350 per head less for cattle than their counterparts in the UK. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Irish Farmers Association’s plan for a 24-hour protest outside meat factories next Monday has been described by meat processors as “unnecessary, m(...)

Environmental activists dressed up as corporate lobbyists protest at the European summit in Brussels where government leaders are meeting for negotiations on climate targets. Photograph: EPA

Ireland should only accept an EU greenhouse gas emissions target that allows the country to offset agricultural emissions through afforestation, inter(...)

Dr Kenneth Jordan found a Dublin housebuyer would need an income of €66,572 to buy an average house there, compared with an income of €32,042 for a non-Dublin housebuyer. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin house prices appear to be 10-25 per cent above affordable levels, with price rises in the upper end of the market driving average price incr(...)

Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (left) and Mary Lou McDonald Sinn Fein, at the IBEC and Women for Election post-budget debate in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Budget 2015 got a cautious welcome at a debate hosted by Ibec and the Women for Election campaign group on Thursday, but there were complaints that it(...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy:  “I’ve no doubt wage pressures are coming”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The head of employers’ group Ibec and the country’s biggest trade union have said they expect significant wage pressure to emerge next year, particula(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)