Rows of mink cage houses each holding up to 1,000 mink. Donegal-born Sven Sjoholm’s parents, Sune and Karita Sjoholm, moved from Finland in 1968 in response to an advertisement looking to attract foreign fur farmers to Ireland.

Hidden among the hills of south Donegal, tucked behind a shroud of fir trees, is one of Ireland’s most controversial farms. Tall steel gates, electric(...)

About 6,000 greyhounds are killed each year because they failed to make qualification times or their performances declined. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ronan McGreevy The Irish Greyhound Board has accused those engaged in practices exposed by the RTÉ Investigates programme of bringing shame on the i(...)

Philip and Charlie McCarthy with their horses Dream Girl and Painted Lady on the old site at Cabragh Bridge in Thurles, Co Tipperary. File photograph: John D Kelly

Efforts are needed to develop a more positive relationship between the Traveller community and local authorities to build awareness of the importance (...)

A file image supplied by An Garda. The operation is being led by the  National Bureau of Criminal Investigation supported by officers from, Criminal Assets Bureau, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.

Gardaí have raided farms, houses and commercial premises as part of an investigation into horse meat deemed unfit for human consumption entering the f(...)

 A bee in flight approaches a flower ahead of  World Bee Day, which is drawing   attention  to the  ongoing decline of bee populations in industrialized nations across the globe. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Awareness of the environmental threat to Ireland’s bee population has increased but now it must be backed up by change in behaviour, according to cons(...)

A video recently released  shows Irish dairy calves being physically abused by workers at a control post in France after arriving from Ireland in March. Image: Screengrab from Association L214 video

The Department of Agriculture has welcomed progress being made in France into dealing with mistreatment of calves shipped from Ireland. It has called (...)

Since 2014, the Republic has received less money from the EU than it has contributed. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The Republic contributed a net €200 million to the EU in 2017, the latest figures show. A report published by the State finances watchdog, the Comptr(...)

An all-island approach to the clean-up promised by Tánaiste Simon Coveney, above, in January 2016, appears to have become mired in bureaucracy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Clean-up works on of one of Ireland’s worst cases of industrial pollution, the former Ispat/Irish Steel site on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour, ha(...)

Modern  farming of livestock means pigs and chickens   often live crowded together prior to slaughter –  the perfect environment for the spread of disease. Photograph:  Reuters

The ever-increasing intensification of livestock farming in Ireland – and globally – has led to the dangerous growth of antibiotic-resistant “superbug(...)

The milk from 120 cows on PJ McMonagle’s farm near Raphoe, Co Donegal, crosses the Border twice before reaching shops across the State. PJ suppli(...)

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