Phil Hogan: the EU’s agriculture commissioner will not attend due to illness. Photograph: Eric Luke

Thousands of farmers are expected to descend on Brussels today as EU agriculture ministers meet to discuss the crisis in the dairy industry that has s(...)

The IFA and Teagasc have begun a trial  to increase  acreage given over to baby potatoes. Photograph: Thinkstock

The acreage devoted by Irish farmers to potatoes has hit a 20-year low this year and yields are likely to be down by some 15 to 20 per cent, the Irish(...)

EU agriculture commissioner  Phil Hogan may be facing one of his toughest challenges yet in the role. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

It’s almost a year since former minister for the environment Phil Hogan faced MEPs at a European Parliament hearing held to approve his appointment as(...)

Behind every statistic is a tragedy for the victim’s family and community. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The death of 14-year-old Dónal English-Hayden on a farm in Carlow this week was the 11th such fatality to occur on an Irish farm this year, among them(...)

Deloitte said the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has given the go-ahead for its acquisition of the Irish technology consultancy System Dynamics

Professional services firm Deloitte is to create 400 new jobs in Ireland, the company confirmed on Friday. Deloitte, which employs almost 2,000 people(...)

People  have a responsibility to better understand science

The burning of smokey coal in Dublin was banned back in 1990, with claims and counter claims about whether it was a good move or a waste of time. In (...)

Pat Spillane near his home in Kenmare, Co Kerry. “I think rural Ireland is now on the political agenda, for the first time possibly ever.” Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Pat Spillane works with the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas. “I still see a two-tier economy in Ireland, with the gap between u(...)

Rowan Gillespie’s Famine statues on Custom House Quay in Dublin. Photograph: John Crowley

Have you dug your potatoes yet? As I write this I am packing for my holiday and wondering if blight will strike the potato plants in our absence. W(...)

Nanotechnology, already in widespread use in healthcare, has numerous possible applications in farming and food production. Photograph: Getty Images

“Smart food” that could be 3D-printed at home and even tell you when it goes spoiled will be possible in the not-too-distant future, according to agri(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: Calls for an urgent increase in the EU intervention price for milk to avert a full-blown crisis in rural Ireland. Photograph: Darragh Kane.

Irish dairy farmers are bracing themselves for further falls in milk prices amid fears the current market slump may drive many out of the industry. T(...)