IFA president Joe Healy leads IFA national officers and members in a protest at the EU Commission offices in Dublin on Friday, depicting the Mercosur trade deal as  a ‘sell out’. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

A landmark trade deal between the EU and a number of South American countries including major beef producers has been sharply criticised for “selling (...)

Senator Rose Conway-Walsh said there was a need for data around beef-processing prices to determine if there were elements of a ‘cartel’ at play. Photograph: iStock

The Irish agricultural sector is “greenwashing” its impact on climate change, environmental group An Taisce has told an Oireachtas committee meeting o(...)

Kit Malthouse, right – who gives his name to the Tories’ Malthouse compromise – and Boris Johnson in 2011. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

The so-called Malthouse compromise was acclaimed this week as evidence that the various wings of the Tory party were coming together on Brexit. But w(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presents US president Donald Trump with a bowl of shamrock as Melania Trump looks on during the annual presentation ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC n 2018. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Politicians cannot win. Leo Varadkar has been accused of hypocrisy over his vow to reduce his carbon footprint by cutting down on red meat while order(...)

The ICMSA said Government St Patrick’s Day trips are a significant contributor to the carbon footprint. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

The president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) has said that if the Government is serious about climate change then it should (...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy. The Irish business representative group was among the most active lobbyists in the EU in 2017. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ibec, which represents more than 7,500 companies in Ireland, spent €1.3 million on lobbying activities in the European Union last year. This made it t(...)

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(...)

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan   recently said he is “digging his heels in” to ensure the trade agreement does not allow for the import of lower quality beef into the EU. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

European Commission sources on Monday expressed confidence that it will be possible to conclude two major trade deals, with Mexico and the south Ameri(...)

Sale of a family home: capital gains tax would be hard to introduce politically. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has ruled out any changes to existing arrangements that exempt the proceeds of a sale of a family home from capital gains tax. A spoke(...)

Cheltenham festival:  Ireland relies heavily on Britain to buy its horses, Seanad committee hears. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Irish horse racing industry cannot adapt its product to suit new markets and British racecourses such as Cheltenham and Aintree cannot be replicat(...)

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