Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney has moved to reassure the public that there is a plan in place for combatting bird flu. Above, a  digger is used to dump eggs and chickens  at a poultry farm where a highly contagious strain of bird flu was found by Dutch authorities. Photograph: Marco De Swart/Reuters

Alison Healy Food and Farming Correspondent Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has moved to reasssure the public that contingency plans are in pla(...)

 Teagasc chairman Dr Noel Cawley and Teagasc director Prof Gerry Boyle

The public sector embargo on recruitment and promotion is having a severe impact on Teagasc’s ability to deliver education and advisory services at a(...)

Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter said the food and drink sector’s performance in China was ’exceptional’. Photograph:
Gary O’Neill

China could soon be our second largest market for food and drink after the UK, Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter said yesterday. He was speaking a(...)

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Grow it Yourself founder Michael Kelly (centre) and team set up a garden at the summer Bloom festival in the 
of Grow It Yourself, with the garden design in the early stage for Bloom, which will take place in the
 Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has launched plans for a national food education centre in Waterford city.The centre is the initiative of the Grow it Yourself (G(...)

  Margaret Jeffares of Good Food Ireland: ‘I don’t think we should forget our traditional and regional dishes that are indigenous to our country’. Photograph:  Patrick Browne
Ireland on a plate

What is Irish cuisine? Have you ever fumbled for words when asked this question by a visitor to Ireland? Should you say bacon and cabbage? Potatoes? I(...)

Thierry Jarnet riding Treve (centre) crosses the finishing line to win the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe horse race at Longchamp, outside Paris, earlier this month.  There is a growing interest in Irish bloodstock in Qatar: Sheikh Fahad Al Thani of the Qatari royal family and Mubarak Al Naemi, chairman of the Qatar Owners’ and Breeders’ Association both invested in Irish stud farms recently. Photograph: AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Increasing links between the Irish and Qatari horse industries was discussed yesterday when Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney met Qatari business(...)

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Fancy a virtuous breakfast? Pop some fruit and juice into the blender. Want to add nutrition to your child’s school lunch? Throw a smoothie into the l(...)

Edmond Harty of dairy equipment company Dairymaster said it was “unbelievable” that the Leaving Cert agricultural science syllabus was so out of date, given the importance of the sector.

Teachers of the Leaving Cert agricultural science courses have said the syllabus is 40 years out of date and has been neglected by the Department of E(...)

A vice-president of the Eu ropean Parliament collapsed and was taken to hospital after chairing a session on the reform(...)

Tesco has withdrawn a frozen meatloaf product in the Republic and the UK after tests detected the presence of horse mea(...)