Irish farmland: the Minister highlighted the 1 per cent rate applying to transfers of farmland within families and the abolishing of the age restriction for the transferor as key concessions for farmers

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has welcomed two key measures in the Finance Bill in relation to stamp duty on agricultural land transactions. (...)

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is likely to reverse the steep increase in stamp duty for non-residential land specifically for a small group of farmers inheriting land from their parents.  File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is likely to reverse the steep increase in stamp duty for non-residential land for a small group of farmers inher(...)

A protest outside the Department of Agriculture over greyhound exploitation. A Dáil debate has heard the dogs have a lifespan of 14 years but in Ireland the average was three to four years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

More than 16,500 calls have been received by the National Animal Cruelty helpline this year, bringing the total number of contacts to some 53,000 sinc(...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: “We’ve seen double the visits from Japanese firms to Ireland last year.”

Direct flights between Dublin and Tokyo are inevitable given the increased interaction between the two states, according to the Tánaiste and Minister (...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy has bemoaned a lack of ‘respect’ for lobbyists. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

This month saw the second anniversary of the State’s lobbying disclosure regime. Was there a cake and candles? Was there, hell. Two years in, one thin(...)

Martin Kehoe jnr (33) died at the family farm in Foulksmills, New Ross.

A minute’s silence was observed at the National Ploughing Championships for a former competitor who died in a farming accident. Martin Kehoe Jr (33),(...)

Lakeland Dairies chairman Alo Duffy, Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and Lakeland chief executive Michael Hanley at the opening of the Bailieboro plant. Photograph: Colm Mahady

Cavan-based Lakeland Dairies will create 85 new jobs between now and 2019 after having invested €40 million in a milk powder plant. The facility in (...)

 Aileen McGee from Co Donegal whose son Cian (19) is taking part in and benefiting from social farming. “He loves it,” she says. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Aileen McGee from Buncrana, Co Donegal, said she was a recluse this time last year. “I was a recluse because my son was a recluse. Cian is 19 and is s(...)

The Minister of Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe holds shres in Diageo and is the target of drinks industry lobbying. Photograph: Collins Photos

For an hour at Wednesday’s Summer Economic Statement briefing, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe had been as sure-footed as he could have hoped for(...)

The Bill, brought forward by Minister for Transport Shane Ross, will still proceed to the Dáil in the autumn. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Proposals to automatically ban anyone found to be over the legal drink-driving limit from the roads were opposed by six Ministers at yesterday’s Cabin(...)