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Julie O'Donoghue (centre) canvassing with Kieran O'Donovan, Aidan Casey, Julie O'Donoghue, Maria Casey and Stephanie Browne during the general election in February 2020.

Julie O’Donoghue has spent much of the week reading and rereading the programme for government document negotiated by some of her Green Party colleagu(...)

 Brazilian former soccer star Ronaldinho Gaucho (R) along with his brother Roberto  de Assis  in the prosecutor’s office in Asuncion, Paraguay. Photograph: Paraguayan public prosecutor/EPA

Former Barcelona and Brazil striker Ronaldinho Gaucho was being questioned by Paraguay’s authorities on Thursday after arriving in the country with wh(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Cork Mart, Fermoy, Co Cork on Tuesday with Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged that Fine Gael will use national funding to make up any shortfall in support for Irish farmers as a result of propo(...)

Green Party agriculture spokeswoman Pippa Hackett: “We have said all along this trade agreement was a bad idea, and this report confirms that to be the case.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The controversial Mercosur trade deal is incompatible with the EU’s commitment to carbon neutrality and “may undermine global efforts to avert runaway(...)

The ICMSA has highlighted an inconsistency in the way emissions are calculated: Ireland is held responsible for all its agricultural emissions, even though the majority of what it produces is exported. Oil producing countries are not held accountable for emissions arising from their exported products. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Global environmental agencies must change their approach to climate change so carbon emissions are calculated at the point of consumption rather than (...)

Devenish chief executive Richard Kennedy.

Richard Kennedy is about to tuck into a salad when I arrive for our interview at a business park in the shadow of Belfast’s former industrial behemoth(...)

Alberto Fernandez with his running mate Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Buenos Aires after winning Argentina’s presidential election. Photograph: Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images

Argentina is facing into a new cycle of economic turmoil after the populist Peronist movement swept back into power in elections on Sunday. Former mi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is pictured  at a conference on Ireland’s agrifood strategy up to 2030 at the Aviva Stadium in  Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Ireland is applying the same determination to getting the right deal on the EU budget for 2021 to 2027 as it is on Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has (...)

 EU Commission president-designate Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

MEPs have blocked two of the nominees for the next European Commission over inconsistencies in their personal financial declarations. The decision by(...)

A major problem for Ireland’s beef sector is that EU demand for the product is weak relative to supply.

This week’s paper from the Central Bank on Irish agriculture showed that beef farmers, on average, make nothing from rearing beef cattle, while most o(...)

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