Sean Hogan during a media briefing on Storm Ophelia at the National Emergency Co-ordination Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Returning to the Custom House from a routine meeting last Wednesday at Met Éireann in Glasnevin, Conor Sullivan, an official at the Department of Hou(...)

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

If you ask the Department of Agriculture why Ireland still doesn’t have access to China’s beef market two years after the formal lifting of the embarg(...)

Saoirse Ronan featured in a Bord Bia advertising campaign for Origin Green

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has called on the Government to scrap its “Origin Green” certification scheme on the basis that “some of the country’s (...)

HRI chief executve Brian Kavanagh: “I think people know working with horses is not a nine to five, Monday to Friday job and that degrees of flexibility are required.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

The chief executive of Irish racing’s ruling body has said insistence on implementing strict employment laws outside the definition of agricultural wo(...)

Chinese inspectors will this week visit plants operated by Ireland’s leading processors  including Kepak, ABP, Slaney, Dawn, Dunleavy and Liffey

More than two years after the formal lifting of an embargo on Irish beef exports to China, Ireland remains in limbo, with no formal agreement on when (...)

At Brexit equine forum: Tom McGuirk (chair), David Carson,  Alan Fahey  and John Melville. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Britain’s exit from the European Union poses a “formidable” challenge to the equine industry and could potentially result in multiple border checkpoi(...)

IFA president Joe Healy said the Irish agri-food sector was the most exposed sector to Brexit.  Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Trade issues must be a top priority for the Government in Brexit negotiations, Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) president Joe Healy has said. “Every (...)

Paper nautilus: a glossy white fan of a shell, so fragile that the sun infused it, gleaming through every tight fold. Illustration: Michael Viney

Once, walking the tideline on my first Greek island, I came upon a most beautiful oceanic artefact. It covered the palm of my hand and there weighed a(...)

Bracken: a single plant can eventually spread to fill a whole field. Illustration: Michael Viney Bracken: a single plant can eventually spread to fill a whole field – and it is very hard to get rid of. Illustration: Michael Viney

Clasping the stem firmly with both hands, I tug up fronds of bracken shoot by shoot. The last, buried inches leave the ground so sweetly that it shoul(...)

IFA president Joe Healy:  “Fifty per cent of our beef goes to the UK; 45 per cent goes to the EU but half of what goes to the EU travels through the UK to get there.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government must pressure the European Union to raise caps on funding assistance to farmers severely hit by Brexit-related sterling depreciation, t(...)