Activists have been calling for an 80 per cent reduction target in carbon emissions to be enshrined in Irish legislation, as it is in other European states. This has been resisted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, however. File photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has bowed to criticism from environmental groups by moving to address the absence of specific emission targets in its climate change Bi(...)

A reward has been offered for information leading to the return of 100 animals stolen from a farm in the midlands. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A reward has been offered for information leading to the return of 100 animals stolen from a farm in the midlands. Niall Dillon, who owns a farm at Co(...)

Jerry O’Callaghan: “Brazil has been dealt a really bad hand of cards in terms of how it has been perceived globally.” Photograph: Rui Nagae

To the Irish Farmers’ Association, Jerry O’Callaghan might as well be one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. This third son of a small farm west (...)

The IFA, like other farming lobbies, is strongly opposed to methane limits

A majority of EU countries want to drop a plan to introduce methane emission limits, a move strongly opposed by farming lobbies, including the Irish (...)

Many experts believe the ambitions of Irish agriculture, the main contributor to our emissions, in the post-milk-quota era are not reconcilable with State targets.

The establishment of a new advisory council on climate change initiates what many hope will be a significant change in Government policy around the is(...)

“Improving profitability at farm level will be key to a strong future for the livestock sector,” says IFA president Eddie Downey. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Just under 40 per cent of Irish beef farmers are planning to invest in their business over the next three years, according to a report produced by AI(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton: said TTIP offered ‘massive opportunities’ for the Irish economy. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The opening up of the EU import market to large volumes of US beef poses one of the greatest threats to Irish agriculture in decades, the Irish Farme(...)

“Unless escalating input costs such as fertiliser are effectively addressed at EU level and elsewhere, the ability of farm families to continue to produce an affordable food supply for the expanding world population will be compromised,” Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey said. File photograph:  Sandra Mu/Getty Images

Farmers have urged the European Commission to begin an inquiry into the fertiliser industry due to rising prices. Irish Farmers’ Association president(...)

IFA general secretary Pat Smith, book editor Matt Dempsey, Ray MacSharry and IFA president Eddie Downey at the book launch. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Former EU commissioner Ray MacSharry has challenged Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to come “out on the street” and repeat allegations she m(...)

Irish Wind Energy Association chief executive Kenneth Matthews speaking atthe association’s annual conference. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

The Irish Wind Energy Association, the lobby group for wind farm developers, held its annual conference on Wednesday at the Doubletree hotel, formerly(...)