Independent farmers and supporters outside Meadow Meats in Rathdowney, Co. Laois, pictured last month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Blockades of beef processing plants were said to be increasing on Friday despite the arrangement of new talks next week aimed at resolving the dispute(...)

The National Party is headed up by  Justin Barrett, a critic of the European Union. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The management of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) convened a special meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss the involvement of (...)

A member of the lobby group Against More Pylons has insisted that costs have come down so significantly that there is now very little difference between underground and overground. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Campaigners have reacted with guarded optimism to the news that EirGrid is considering an underground option for the high-voltage line from Roscommon(...)