Glad to see the end of quotas: Mike Magan, a Co Longford dairy farmer, says the system brought the worst of both worlds, as milk prices fell rather than rose. Photograph: James Flynn/APX 2:10

When Mike Magan began farming, in 1971, there was a feeling that anything was possible. Ireland joined the EEC in 1973, “and the following years we(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Livestock farmers Jimmy Gibbons from Trim and John Hayden from Kilcullen (Centre) at a protest about the price for beef paid to farmers.

A farmers’ lobby group has reacted angrily to an intervention by the newly-formed Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in the beef pr(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey who said today that agriculture in Ireland is amongst the most emission-efficient in the world. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Irish farming organisations have defended the environmental record of farmers, following the release of the report from the UN’s Intergovernmen(...)

Speaking in Brussels yesterday evening, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the agreement represents a “hugely significant development in the history of the Cap”.

The Irish presidency of the European Council reached agreement on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy yesterday, paving the way for the most sign(...)

27/02/2013 News IFA dairy protestFarmers and IFA members Larry Hannon (left) from Kildare and Donal Murphy from Wexford among IFA  Liquid Milk Farmers protested in Dublin's Grafton Street yesterday giving out free milk to passerbys as they drew attention to the fact that they are going broke because of the proces they are being paid for supplying milk. They are  seeking an extra 8% / L of the average retail price to be paid back to them. They currently get 33 cent a litre on average. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien / THE IRISH TIMES Keywords : milk dairy farmer agriculture cow protest

Irish farming groups gave a cautious welcome to an agreement on the single farm payment reached last night in Brussels, as part of a radical re(...)