Rosanna Davison: ‘gluten in food should be avoided’.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In 2003, Rosanna Davison was crowned the world’s most beautiful woman when she won Miss World. By 2012, with dad Chris de Burgh’s blessing, Davison(...)

Simon Coveney is also getting it in the neck for over-hyping the potential of the US beef market. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Dairy farmers have spent the last two years ramping up production ahead of the ending of milk quotas. Egged on by Government, they’ve expanded herd nu(...)

 Lidl and Aldi face growing pressure to pay milk suppliers in the Republic more after they last week agreed to pay UK farmers  a minimum of 28p a litre, up from an average of 23p. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

Discount retailers Lidl and Aldi have failed to specify whether they will pay increased prices to milk suppliers in the Republic following similar (...)

Former minister for education Ruairí Quinn drew up proposals which would have seen assets above a certain threshold be considered in means-testing. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reform of the student grant scheme has been on the education agenda for decades, but successive governments have shied away from taking action, the Fi(...)

Dairy farmers have warned they are facing a “state of emergency” because of the collapse in milk prices over the past year

German retailer Aldi and British chain Morrisons have agreed to increase the price they pay to British suppliers for milk, bowing to pressure from dai(...)

Protesting dairy farmers brought chaos to a Stafford Asda store when they marched two cows to the dairy produce area. Photograph: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

About €1 billion will be drained from the Irish economy this year as a result of falling milk prices, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association ((...)

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(...)

Former minister and long-time government adviser Dr Martin Mansergh will tonight begin an attempted return to the Dáil when he aims to become a Fianna Fáil candidate for the newly-united Tipperary constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Former minister and long-time government adviser Dr Martin Mansergh will tonight begin an attempted return to the Dáil when he aims to become a Fianna(...)

NDC chief Zoe Kavanagh: “How do you make sure that we have mechanisms in place to ensure that we are operating to the highest standards rather than depending on the weakest link?”

Food scares, price volatility and the power of supermarket chains are among the key challenges facing the dairy industry after the milk quota regime i(...)

Pat McCormack: “Teagasc has spent the past 30 years researching how to best grow and utilise grass, and Irish farmers have that pretty much perfected.” Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22 2:10

The builders’ cranes were rising into the Dublin skyline when Pat McCormack left school, in 1995. Everyone was talking about construction work, but(...)