Protesting farmers outside the Dail in 2013. The Fórsa trade union is unhappy that members cannot claim tax relief on subscriptions when, it says, members of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) can. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/THE IRISH TIMES

Trade unions are to seek the re-introduction of tax relief on subscriptions paid by their members. In a submission to an Oireachtas committee on Wedn(...)

A  digger clears snow from a road in Kilteel, Co Kildare on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

The Government will fund the “exceptional and unbudgeted” costs local authorities ran up reacting to the severe weather and heavy snow last week, foll(...)

Army Private Patrick Macken clears snow to open up a path to Thomas Jones’s farm in Blessington, Wicklow. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The fallout from Storm Emma will affect water supplies, health services, farmers, businesses and householders into next week and beyond, authorities h(...)

Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith: walks away with €1.9 million and legal costs. Photograph: Eric Luke

In the court of public opinion, the former general secretary of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), Pat Smith, will go down as one of the most contr(...)

 Pat Smith says he is looking forward to developing a successful future  in the renewable energy sector.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/

Former general secretary of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Pat Smith has reached a settlement with the organisation for €1.9 million plus legal (...)

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The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has agreed to pay its former general secretary Pat Smith nearly €2 million to settle a legal dispute over Mr Smit(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Project Ireland 2040  at Sligo Institute of Technology. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As reaction to the National Development Plan emerges, there is a clear divide between the business and industry sectors which have broadly welcomed ne(...)

The site of the Apple data centre in Athenry. Gerry Keane’s can see the site from his doorstep but can’t access high speed broadband.

When Gerry Keane stands at his front door in Moyveela, four miles from Athenry, he can see the site Apple has long fought to get planning permission o(...)

Ignore any nice pictures, flags or products on shelves nearby. The front will have marketing speak. The back has the detail

There is a secret to being a successful food shopper. The first step is to recognise that you are a very desirable creature. You arrive in the superma(...)

Garda figures on a range of subjects have proven problematic in recent years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

News that the number of burglaries recorded by the Garda last year remained close to record lows will be greeted with some scepticism. The public nar(...)

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