Irish perennial ryegrass: resistant to normal breeding methods, the kind that have resulted in dramatic yield gains for cereal and other crops over the years

The quality and nutritional value of Irish perennial ryegrass has an important bearing on the economy. Our extensified grass-based farming methods, wh(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney Said the Government wanted to be “generous and fair” to people who needed help. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

No limit has been set on the amount of compensation people affected by flooding can be paid under a Government assistance scheme. Applications from a(...)

 Liz O’Brien at her flood-damaged home  at Kilganey, Clonmel. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there is a number of  ways homeowners can  claim funds for flood damage relief.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government wants to be “generous” to flood victims, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said, as it emerged that no limit has been placed on the le(...)

Flooded fields at Shannonbridge Co  Offaly last week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There is potential for more “nasty” weather over the next week, with the possibility of orange rain warnings for the south and southwest, according to(...)

Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern

The Government will today reveal a €5 billion spending programme which will see the numbers involved in scientific research and development (R&D)(...)

Pat Smith was forced to resign because of the controversy over his remuneration. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

One insider described it as a “code of omerta” across the entire upper echelon of the organisation. Another said the controversy was merely a smokescr(...)

Timely: this autumn’s supermoons and all the talk of life on Mars give a topical edge to I Was There’s distillation of evolution. Illustration: Michael Viney

How do you inspire an eight-year-old, say, with young delight in sharing with everything else on Earth, atoms born of the Big Bang, 14 billion years a(...)

Agricultural agency Teagasc has been given the green light from the Department of Agriculture to begin hiring staff again. After a six-year moratorium(...)

Teagasc has said demand for its courses  has grown to an unprecedented level. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Demand for courses with the agriculture development and training agency Teagasc has grown to an unprecedented level due to a new requirement that farm(...)

Export award short: Barry Cullen, head of sales, Silver Hill Duck

SUCCESS AT HOME AWARD COMPANY: CONNACHT GOLD BUTTER Connacht Gold has a multi-award winning range of butter products and has been shortlisted based on(...)