Industry figures say the slow progress in dealing with appeals delays timber production for up to two years. Photograph:   Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Objectors have, over the past week, stalled production of enough timber to build about 5,000 homes, it has emerged. It now looks increasingly likely (...)

The Migrant Rights Centre claims there are more than 15, 300 workers in the meat sector, of which 58% are migrant workers. File photograph: Getty

Why are meat plants so problematic when it comes to Covid-19 spread? Hard lessons of the coronavirus pandemic strongly indicate spread of the virus h(...)

 The changes follow a number of recommendations made as part of a review of investigations and prosecutions within the Department of Agriculture. Photograph: iStock

The Department of Agriculture has denied downgrading its investigations division despite the number of investigators working in it being reduced from (...)

The judge said  it could be argued that the director’s dismissal resulted from him having made a protected disclosure. Photograph: iStock

The High Court has ruled that a food company must continue the contract of employment of a director who made protected disclosures about alleged wrong(...)

A Garda spokesman said it has no role in enforcing the pub guidelines as they are not penal provisions under the emergency coronavirus legislation passed in April.

The restrictions on newly reopened pubs will be monitored by hundreds of health-and-safety inspectors and Fáilte Ireland staff but premises will face (...)

Brittas Bay beach in Co Wicklow on Monday, the hottest day of the year so far. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Monday was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures exceeding 27 degrees in the west of the country. Temperatures reached 27.1 degrees in(...)

Conor Ryan and Sam Corcoran play football on Portmarnock beach, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

This bank holiday Monday is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far with a maximum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius forecast for Connacht a(...)

Paddlers and swimmers take to the water at Seapoint in Dublin during the fine weather. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gardaí were forced to disperse crowds at a number of beauty spots over the weekend as large numbers gathered in coastal areas to enjoyed the sunshine.(...)

Brexit means Coillte  faces ongoing uncertainty. If the UK ends the current transition period with no trade deal with the EU, timber could be hit with 6%  tariffs

Covid-19 and falling timber prices will hit State forestry company Coillte’s performance this year, according to its chief executive Imelda Hurley. (...)

Factory workers separated by partitions as a precaution against infection as they take their lunch break on the roof of an electronics factory in Suining in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. Photograph: Chinatopix via AP

Dublin-based entrepreneur Maurice Healy says nobody from his “crew” in China has returned to work yet after the extended holiday for the lunar new yea(...)

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