The bottom-up approach to saving rural areas is crucial, says Bernard Kearney, who last year helped to set up a community shop in his parish, in Co Ro(...)

Muintir na Tíre chief executive Niall Garvey said it was amazing that there was no national policy for rural Ireland.  “There have been white papers, strategies and so on, but there is no national policy as to where we see rural Ireland, what we think it should be like, how we get there and what are the services needed to support that. Where is the line in the sand beyond which we are not going to cut any more of those services?” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

An alliance of organisations has vowed to make rural Ireland an election issue as their Save Rural Ireland campaign gets off the ground.Muintir na Tír(...)

Four candidates have been confirmed to run for president of young farmers’ group Macra na Feirme, as the nomination process closes. Photograph: Macra na Feirme

Four candidates have been confirmed to run for president of young farmers’ group Macra na Feirme, as the nomination process closes. The candidates are(...)

The winner will replace outgoing president Kieran O’Dowd who made waves when he was elected  in 2013 because he was a barrister and not a farmer. This time, all four candidates are involved in farming

The race is on to be the next president of young farmers’ group Macra na Feirme with four candidates in the running.The winner will replace outgoing p(...)

The priority of a soon-to-be-launched farming group is protecting farm incomes and the viability of the family farm, according to organisers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A new national farm organisation will be launched in February and will focus on keeping family farms viable, spokesman for the organisers Colm O’Donne(...)

“We have a relationship with land ownership which means the average field in Ireland is sold outside the family once every 400 years,” said Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.

A pilot project matching farmers who need land with farmers who are not using the land has been inundated with queries and has matched three times mor(...)

Sean O’Donnell from Co Mayo. The young farmer is chairman of a local farmer discussion group and is also involved with his local football club

Mayo may not have got to the All-Ireland football final this year, but the county claimed the top prize for young farmers last night. Seán O’Donnell (...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said that swathes of land  were “totally unutilised” while a new generation of farmers were struggling to access land. Photograph: Eric Luke

A new service matching older and younger farmers who want to work together has been introduced by Macra na Feirme. The Lan(...)

Mary Cunningham of the National Youth Council: “With pre-drinking, you are not drinking at home and then going out to have one [drink]. You are drinking at home and going out and drinking whatever you’d have drunk anyway.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Activities such as “prinking” and having “car-bars” have become routine, showing how much our drinking behaviour has changed, a seminar on alco(...)

Fine Gael MEP Maireád McGuinness: she said there should be a more strategic analysis of the farm policy, rather than seeing it as “taxpayers giving money to farmers”. Photograph: Alan Betson

A “wall of money” is stopping older farmers from passing land to younger people, UCD’s professor of agriculture and food economics Alan Renwick told a(...)