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The Government is trying to change the focus of the economy. Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton is hoping a model based on endeavo(...)

Butcher Sean Basey works behind a “no horsemeat” sign at Bates Butchers in Market Harborough,  England in February. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters.

The European Commission proposed more unannounced inspections of food companies and tougher fines for labelling fraud today, after the discover(...)

European Commission  president José Manuel Barroso: “What is happening in France and Portugal is not the fault of Mrs Merkel or Germany and it is unfair to present measures as being demanded by individual countries or institutions.” Photograph: Alan Betson

After earning Berlin’s ire for suggesting Europe had reached the “limits of austerity”, European Commission president José Manuel Barroso has i(...)

Sean and Orla Clancy, of Clanwood Farm, Co Offaly, with children Kieran and Johnny

Sales of organic foods have been hit by the recession but not as badly as might have been expected. There is one main reason for this. The bigg(...)

Brett Rumford of Australia (centre) holding the winner’s trophy  with caddies after winning the final round of the Volvo China Open at 2013 Binhai Lake Golf Course  in Tianjin, China. Photograph: by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Australia’s Brett Rumford admitted it was “quite surreal” to have won his second tournament in eight days on the European Tour with a commandin(...)

Two men are being questioned in Wexford following the discovery of heroin and amphetamines worth an estimated €190,000 at Rosslare Europort yes(...)

An English auction house has described as “sensational” the diary kept by a British army officer during the Easter Rising that has come to ligh(...)

April’s values follow on from one of the coldest months of March for 50 years. Above, dead lambs lie in the snow as farmers search for trapped sheep in snow drifts in the Aughafatten area of Co Antrim on March 26th last. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Last month was the coldest April for 24 years in the north and west of the country as the exceptionally cold spring continues. Temperat(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale on the radar of Europe’s big spenders, accordng to Zinedine Zidane. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane has given the strongest indication yet that Gareth Bale (23) will be a transfer target for the(...)

The El Cellar de Can Roca restaurant in Girona, northeast Spain, has won  the Best Restaurant in the World award. Above are head chef Joan Roca (left), at the 50 Best Restaurants 2013 awards held at the Guildhall in London last night. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

A restaurant that started life as a small family business in a working class neighbourhood in Catalonia, and is still run by three brothers, was ha(...)

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