Glanbia and a Dutch partner propose to develop a cheese plant at Belview in Co Kilkenny to make soft cheeses for continental markets.

It seems to take forever to get anything built in Ireland. Some of this is due to the planning process – and some is due to policy ambiguity. Two rece(...)

Vicki McGrath at Harry’s Hole, Marble Hill, Co Donegal.

One thing this island does not lack is great swimming spots. Mary MCCarthy has picked some of the VERY best LOCATIONS FOR A DIP – in the sea, (...)

The Asian hornet is a predator of honeybees, wasps, other pollinators such as bumblebees, hoverflies and spiders. Photograph: Aidan O’Hanlon, National Museum of Ireland

A single specimen of an Asian hornet, an invasive alien species, has been found in Ireland, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has confirm(...)

Government figures show it has taken almost a year to issue felling licences needed to help meet the Republic’s growing demand for timber. File photograph: Jill Jennings/Forestry Commission/PA

Government figures show it has taken almost a year to issue felling licences needed to help meet the Republic’s growing demand for timber. Delays in (...)

Operating profit at Coillte fell more than 50% to €29m last year from €63.3m in 2019, the company confirmed on Friday.

Investments in a subsidiary and a proposed energy deal with ESB boosted borrowings at State forestry company Coillte last year. Coillte confirmed on (...)

  John Jordan:  Ornua’s foray into  the US  started back in the late 1980s, but it is paying big dividends now.  Photograph:  Marc O’Sullivan

This time last year, John Jordan, the chief executive of Ireland’s largest dairy export business Ornua, was staring down the barrel of a gun. Covid ha(...)

Human bio-monitoring studies in the EU have found a growing number of different hazardous chemicals in human blood and body tissue. Photograph: iStock

Chemicals are in almost everything we interact with and the World Health Organisation estimates the global production of chemicals will be four times (...)

The report calls for an independent body – “ideally the EPA” – to establish and implement a robust monitoring framework to assess the environmental impacts of food production at farm, catchment and national level.

Ireland’s proposed 2030 agri-food strategy is out of line with the Government’s economy-wide emissions reduction targets for the next decade, accordin(...)

Delays in processing forestry licences have held up timber production. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Government officials are issuing fewer than half the new forestry licences needed to tackle an ongoing squeeze in timber supplies, industry figures wa(...)

Covid-19 infection in meat plants has been a source of concern. File photograph: David Sleator

If meat plants had been closed during the Covid-19 pandemic it could have resulted in food shortages and would have collapsed the agricultural economy(...)

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