Inis Oírr on the Aran Islands. Photograph: Chris Hill

The results of an innovative project aimed at preserving the unique biodiversity and tourism appeal of the Aran Islands will be presented at a two-day(...)

Changes to Employment Permit Regulations will make it easier for meat processors to source an additional 500 workers from outside EU and EEA. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

An additional 500 work permits have been approved for meat plant workers from outside the European Union. The move follows on from a pilot scheme int(...)

A cow with methane-collection equipment on her back. Grass is a cheap way to feed cows, but as  methanogens break  down grass in the stomach they  produce methane,  a potent greenhouse gas Photograph:   Rachel Doyle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted to the European Parliament in January what climate activists have long known: Ireland’s performance on climate change (...)

A deer in Glendalough, Wicklow. It is unclear what the management approach will mean in terms of culling. Photograph: iStock

The awarding of a contract to manage Co Wicklow’s deer population has been welcomed by farmers who say the animals have been “mercilessly” raiding fee(...)

Photograph of John ‘Jackie’ Fricker taken in his youth on board a ship. Photograph: The Fricker family

More than half a century after a wildlife biologist in Alaska discovered a message in a bottle buried in the sand, the mystery of the man who threw it(...)

Where excess body weight gathers could have a major impact on the brain health of older people. File photograph: Matt Morton/PA

Where excess body weight gathers could have a major impact on the brain health of older people, with increased belly fat linked to greater cognitive i(...)

Illustration: Michael Viney

The rewilding of landscapes, now under way at a score of European locations, is intended to restore lost native wildlife to protected habitats. Models(...)

“The trade war is cutting the legs out from under farmers, and the White House’s ‘plan’ is to spend $12bn   on gold crutches.” Photograph: Getty Images

All eyes were on Jean-Claude Juncker’s meeting with Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday. But the tensions between the European Union and the Unite(...)

Terzetto, ridden by Colm O’Donoghue (right), wins the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap  at the Curragh  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board will not comment on whether or not a point-to-point winner trained by the Cheltenham festival-winning trainer P(...)

“For any anti-doping programme, any form of notice is less than ideal.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has described as less than ideal any “prior day notice” element likely to be included in the thoroughbred indu(...)

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