The report made recommendations for increasing Garda interaction with rural communities, including through social media and text alert schemes. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Rural garda stations were closed during the recession because community policing in Ireland “has been undervalued and marginalised”, the joint Oireach(...)

The final section of the M8 Dublin to Cork motorway. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Sitting in a control room in East Wall in Dublin, Kevin O’Rourke and his team watch on a bank of screens as a car leaving Dublin Port slows to a stop (...)

UK prime minister Theresa May speaking to the house after losing a  second meaningful vote on her deal

There was said to be disbelief in many European capitals this week as UK prime minister Theresa May was comprehensively defeated in another key vote i(...)

Proposed no-deal Brexit tariff regime:  “Our most exposed sectors, particularly beef, simply will not survive the kind of tariffs being talked about,” IFA president Joe Healy has said.  File photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Britain’s decision to introduce a temporary tariff regime in the case of a no-deal Brexit is an “ill-thought out” proposal aimed at breaking European (...)

Irish beef exports to the United Kingdom will be devastated by the supply of even limited amounts of high-quality South American beef, says IFA chairman.  Photograph: Ruth Hauge

Irish beef exports to the United Kingdom will be devastated by the supply of even limited amounts of high-quality South American beef, the Irish Farme(...)

Christiane Lambert, president of French farmers’ body FNSEA, who is ‘betting on the intelligence of politicians’ to engineer a soft Brexit. Photograph: Tom Honan

Irish and French farming organisation have said they are at one in supporting European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier and the withdrawal agreem(...)

 EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the Ireland V France Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Rugby supporters heading into the Aviva Stadium had mixed feelings about the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attending the Ireland-France (...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: James Forde

The Government will begin making major decisions to prepare the country for a no-deal Brexit – such as saving vulnerable industries and companies from(...)

Meat Industry Ireland says  tariffs on Irish beef imports into the UK would be around €750m on current trade levels, effectively pricing Irish beef out of the UK market.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Confirmation that the UK will apply tariffs on food imports in a no-deal Brexit “demonstrates the gravity of the situation for the Irish farming secto(...)

Phil Hogan: he declined to discuss the size of any potential EU package of financial supports

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan says he is satisfied Brussels has the tools to help Irish farmers in “any exceptional circumstances” that might(...)

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