File photo. Photograph:  Clive Wasson

The Government and European Union must be ready with significant economic supports for the agri-food sector if a Brexit trade deal cannot be struck in(...)

Coillte chief executive Imelda Hurley will warn TDs and Senators on Tuesday that a backlog in  appeals for forestry felling licences has ‘seriously challenged the sector through this year’. File photograph: Getty Images.

A “crisis” in the forestry sector has cost jobs and more are at risk, semi-State company Coillte will warn TDs and Senators on Tuesday. In her openin(...)

Coillte cancelled a yearly auction, normally held in October, at which sawmills bid for about half the wood they need for the succeeding year. Photograph: iStock

Supplies of wood needed for home building from State company Coillte are set to dry up next year as a planning crisis that grips commercial forests de(...)

IFA president Tim Cullinan: Farmers feel increasingly like powerless spectators in the management of their own forests, locked into forestry under the replanting obligation without recourse. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

The timber shortages resulting from the forest licence backlog continues to threaten the Irish forestry industry, which in normal circumstances export(...)

Port of Cork: company’s chief executive Brendan Keating earns package including pension and benefits worth €240,000, according to 2015 accounts. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Nine chief executives of semi-State companies remained in their posts beyond a seven-year term limit laid down by Government, new figures reveal. The(...)

Brian Kavanagh at the 2016 Horse Racing Ireland Awards, Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

The chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has said he could not know if he would be the best person for the job given his most recent reappoin(...)

At the Horse Racing Ireland Awards were Danny, Patrick, Maureen, Willie and Emmet Mullins. Maureen Mullins won the Contribution to Industry Award and her son, trainer Willie Mullins, won the National Hunt Award. – Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Minister for Agriculture, Food and The Marine Michael Creed maintains minimising any potential reputational damage to what he described as “Ireland In(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Joe Keeling, left, chairman, Horse Racing Ireland and Pat Byrne, chairman, Fairyhouse Racecourse.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With almost 140 runners, the final Curragh card of 2016 won’t lack for competition and with his owner’s hat on Horse Racing Ireland’s chairman Joe Kee(...)

‘Yes Minister’ stars Nigel Hawthorne, Paul Eddington and Derek Fowlds.

John Murphy bowed out as secretary general of the Department of Jobs and Enterprise this week and he told some great yarns about his time in the Civil(...)

The European Commission is likely to face pressure from the food industry to downplay the findings amid fears of its impact on food consumption. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Commission said it will “carefully analyse” the World Health Organisation report that processed meats can increase the risk of cancer. S(...)

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