IFA director general Damian McDonald

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has extended the contract of its director general indefinitely, and increased his salary to more than €215,000. (...)

Face masks on Grafton Street, Dublin. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s response to Covid-19 is the second lightest in the world, an analysis of 185 countries has found, according to the Sunday Times. Ongoing t(...)

Delays in issuing licences needed to plant, cut and transport trees have been squeezing the Republic’s timber industry for three years

It seems the only thing growing in Irish forests these days is a crisis. Delays in issuing licences needed to plant, cut and transport trees have been(...)

With greater focus on the need for farmers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, there is a scramble to identify ways that farmers can sequester carbon on their land. Photograph: Frank Miller

At best they are taken for granted on farms and at worst they are cut back so brutally that the birds, bees and bugs that thrived in and on them lose(...)

The bird flu virus reaches the respiratory tract via droplets in the air, which come from the coughs and sneezes of other flu victims

“We are seeing an unprecedented explosion in outbreaks of new bird flu viruses, which historically have presented the greatest pandemic risk and certa(...)

The peregrine falcon, found in Oranmore, Co Galway, tested positive for avian influenza subtype H5N1.

A case of bird flu has been detected in a wild peregrine falcon found in Oranmore, Co Galway, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed. The depar(...)

Protesters drag  a fish trawler through Dublin city centre calling for better protection for Ireland’s oceans and marine life.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Extinction Rebellion protesters and other environmental activists dragged a fish trawler through Dublin city centre on Monday calling for better prote(...)

Looking forward: Farmers can bolster their financial and economic sustainability by focusing on efficiencies and embracing new, diversified systems of agriculture. Photograph: iStock

The agri-food sector is Ireland’s oldest and largest indigenous industry, comprising 137,000 farms, 2,000 fishing vessels, 770,000 hectares of land, a(...)

The newly-opened national Food Innovation Hub’s location on the Moorepark campus offers access to sophisticated analytical instrumentation for research and development purposes

Located on the Teagasc campus in Moorepark, Fermoy, adjacent to the food research centre and the Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL) pilot plant facility, (...)

Grá Chocolates founder Gráinne Mullins

When Gráinne Mullins won The Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year in 2019, the world was her oyster. Winning the prestigious award opened up opportuniti(...)

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