Any kind of checks on horses  take time, and time is at a premium when it comes to transporting animals. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Ask most anyone in racing what the nightmare scenario is of a no-deal Brexit on March 29th and it usually comes back to horse boxes stuck in traffic j(...)

An all-island approach to the clean-up promised by Tánaiste Simon Coveney, above, in January 2016, appears to have become mired in bureaucracy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Clean-up works on of one of Ireland’s worst cases of industrial pollution, the former Ispat/Irish Steel site on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour, ha(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine  Michael Creed said he had “no imprimatur by virtue of the programme for government or a mandate from the people” to ban the industry. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has rejected calls to ban fur farming in Ireland despite a recommendation by the organisation representing vete(...)

Glenn Carr, general manager of the Rosslare Europort

Nobody would have expected a set of virtual traffic lights at Tuskar Rock, the outcrop 11km off the southeast coast of Wexford, but in a no-deal Brexi(...)

Businessman Bill Cullen’s  former car distribution centre near Rosslare has been bought by the State as a temporary facility to carry out checks on UK imports in a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Eric Luke

From penny apples to checks on apples. A former car distribution centre near Rosslare port once owned by motor tycoon Bill Cullen’s company is being (...)

Simon Coveney defended the expenditure “in the context of increased diplomatic activity at European and international level brought about by Brexit preparations”. Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Government officials ran up taxi bills totalling more than €750,000 last year, with one Government department spending almost €1,000 a day on fares. (...)

Ulster Farmers’ Union president Ivor Ferguson said the figures must be a “wake-up call’ in the Brexit context. Photograph: Cliff Donaldson

Farm incomes fell in Northern Ireland last year by nearly £8,000 (€9,181) a farm to just over £26,000, the latest official figures show. The North’s (...)

Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

The chief executive of Dublin Port says that the facility “will be as ready as possible” on 29th March when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. “We (...)

Last July the Cabinet agreed to hire 700 additional customs officials and 300 extra staff to carry out checks on agricultural produce and animals travelling between Ireland and the UK. Photograph: Getty Images

Hundreds of new veterinary inspector positions promised as part of Brexit preparations are being filled at “a trickle” just weeks away from the UK’s e(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: “Dublin cannot blink . . . I will tell the Taoiseach that he must stand firm in the face of British pressure.”  Photograph: John Thys/AFP

Government departments and State agencies held a briefing for hauliers on Monday on how to cope with the effects of a no-deal Brexit. It came as the(...)

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