DUP leader Arlene Foster appears on a screen during the Renewable Heat Incentive  public inquiry at Stormont Parliament Buildings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster has defended her role in Stormont’s botched green energy scheme during her appearance before a public inquiry(...)

An emergency fodder delivery arrives from the UK to the Dairygold Co-Op in Ballymakeera, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

There is no alternative hardy versatile crop that Irish farmers could grow to withstand a fodder crisis caused by a long winter and a cold, wet spring(...)

Pat Murray of Knocknagapple, Monaseed, Co Wexford is one of many farmers nationwide who are experiencing a fodder crisis and finding it difficult to feed their livestock. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

For most people at the frontline of Irish farming, it has been the worst of times – a horrible “seven-month winter” with little sign that the warming (...)

Pat Murray, of Knocknagapple, Monaseed, Co Wexford is one of the many farmers finding it difficult to feed their livestock. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

The fodder crisis affecting farmers has worsened in recent days, so much so there is insufficient fodder of the necessary quality in the country to re(...)

 Pat Murray, of Knocknagapple, Monaseed, Co Wexford is one of the many farmers  finding it difficult to feed their livestock. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

An immediate review of fodder supplies has been announced by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in response to the crisis facing farmers. The mov(...)

Maddie Doyle of My Lovely Horse Rescue group  at Moyvalley, Co Kildare, with  rescue horses they named Giselle and Grace Jones. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Officials from the Department of Agriculture have decided not to prosecute anyone over the abandonment of seven thoroughbred horses in Co Kildare. T(...)

Although cows at grass have better welfare than those housed indoors, Prof Daniel Weary warns against assuming that once cows are outside all welfare issues are resolved. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As marketing goes, having Beyonce and Jay Z on your side is the stuff of dreams. To the delight of vegans, the pair took to social media recently to p(...)

Aidan O’Brien: “We’re doing it for everyone in the industry. We will survive anyway but we need everyone to stay in racing.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien has said he is ready to legally argue a Labour Court ruling rejecting his appeal in January against Workplac(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaving a meeting with Texas governor Greg Abbott   in Austin  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

PAT LEAHY The annual exodus of Government ministers and officials for St Patrick’s Day Day events is well underway with the United States, as usual, (...)

Equinome co-founder Prof Emmeline Hillleads the research-and-development team in Plusvital. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland has been attempting to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship, with mixed success to date. There have been several major breakthroughs over t(...)

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