There is €340m committed to Brexit-related spending next year, including on compliance required at ports and airports after the UK’s departure comes into effect on January 1st. File photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s record €17.75 billion budget factors in the high probability of a hard Brexit with no EU-UK deal by the end of the transition period,(...)

Niall Grainger, managing director of GP Wood in Cork,  watches timber imported from Germany being unloaded at Passage West, Co  Cork. Photograph: Brian Lougheed

Sawmiller GP Wood imported 100 truckloads of timber from Europe this week to combat a looming shortage in the Republic. The Oireachtas has just passe(...)

The Stormont scrutiny committee was told that contingency plans needed to be ‘immediately developed and implemented’. Photograph: iStock

New facilities required to check goods arriving at Northern Ireland’s ports from Great Britain will not be ready in time for the end of the Brexit tra(...)

‘Children with autism often don’t sleep well, and this can have an effect on the entire family.’ Photograph: iStock

Congratulations, you have just been awarded European Research Council funding – those grants are hard to get. What will your project be about? Thank (...)

Forestry Industry Ireland estimates that the failure to tackle a backlog of licence appeals stretching back two years now threatens to leave the Republic short of timber needed to build new homes. Photograph: iStock

Most of the 8,800 submissions on proposals to streamline forestry licence appeals favour changing the law, it has emerged. The sawmilling industry bl(...)

Eva Milka and Eoin Jenkinson of Gaelic Escargot, the snail farm and business they run in County Carlow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

From hemp and medicinal herbs, a new generation of farmers are exploring new methods and new crops  Eva Milka first came to Ireland from Po(...)

Photograph: iStock

The timber industry is at “breaking point” with thousands of jobs at “imminent risk”, the boss of State-owned forestry business Coillte has warned, as(...)

Puppy love. Photograph: iStock

Homes that are left empty for large chunks of the day have always been one of the strongest arguments against buying a pet. Leaving them on their own (...)

More than  400,000 ‘roll-on, roll-off’ truck consignments arrived into Dublin Port in the year to February 25th last. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

State inspectors checking agriculture and food consignments at Dublin Port could face new checks on up to 460 trucks a day arriving from the UK a(...)

Coillte said  its timber supply for the remainder of 2020 and 2021 is “under severe threat due to the delays in processing of appeals, which has led to a significant backlog”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Coillte has warned the Government that it could run out of timber to sell off before the end of the year, leading to thousands of job losses across th(...)

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