IFA president Joe Healy, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed at the Irish Farm Centre in Bluebell, Dublin 12. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Ireland will seek emergency EU aid for the agricultural sector in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. In an address to th(...)

An independent study on the economic, social and environmental impacts of forestry in Co Leitrim has been commissioned by the Government.

An independent study on the economic, social and environmental impacts of forestry in Co Leitrim has been commissioned by the Government. Minister of(...)

Up to 4,000 sheep are killed or injured a year by “marauding” dogs, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said.  Photograph: iStock

Up to 4,000 sheep are killed or injured a year by “marauding” dogs, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said. There are between 300 and 400 dog(...)

Garda resources are limited and must be strategically deployed in fighting crime. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Seizures of large quantities of stolen goods in recent years by the Garda Síochána and the Police Service of Northern Ireland reflect the sophisticati(...)

Under the Property Marking scheme, local councils buy a “telesis device” which uses laser technology to mark items, from tractors to mobile phones, with the owner’s Eircode

A scheme established three years ago to combat rural crime by getting farmers to mark their property with unique identifiers has ceased after fewer th(...)

 Beef farmer Angus Woods on his farm in Co Wicklow:  “We have this huge market right on our doorstep . . . we have been supplying if for hundreds of years and now we could end up with a scenario that we might not have free access into that market.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In the pasture lands of Co Wicklow, the Woods farm has passed down through three generations. It is, says its owner Angus Woods, a typical family oper(...)

“The worst-case scenario is a hard border, and people won’t accept that.” Frank Brady at his pig farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

When Border farmer Ossy Hughes gets up in the morning, he has a choice: should he tend his beef cattle in the Republic of Ireland or his dairy herd in(...)

To their credit, agri-food groups here – Bord Bia, the Irish Farmers’ Association and the Ibec group Meat Industry Ireland – refrained from such petty jibes, keeping their criticism to the report’s findings and its recommendations. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

In sports parlance, it’s called playing the man not the ball. In its reaction piece to this week’s Lancet study on meat consumption and the environmen(...)

Half of the beef produced in Ireland  goes to the UK as does  virtually all of the  mushrooms produced here.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) is to seek greater detail on plans for financial and other aid to its members in the event of a no-deal Brexit at (...)

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson who was in Dublin this week for the Pendulum business conference. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

UK environment secretary Michael Gove this week said hardline Brexiteers pushing for an improved withdrawal deal with the European Union were like “mi(...)

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