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Piglets feeding on grain at the IFA protest outside the European Commission offices in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Farmers dumped grain in front of the European Commission buildings in Dublin yesterday and warned that farm incomes were being “ripped apart”. (...)

IFA president Eddie Downey described farm incomes as “non-existent” at a time when children are going back to school, and urged Agriculture Commissioner Phil  Hogan to move to implement EU measures to underpin the viability of farm families. File photograph:  Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has expressed hope the European Commission will release up to €800 million in funding wh(...)

Pigs feed on grain as Irish Farmers Association members protest outside the EU Commission offices, on Lower Mount Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Farmers dumped grain on the streets of Dublin at lunchtime on Monday in protest at falling incomes across many sectors of the industry. The grain was(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly said: “Let’s not pretend that we can solve all the problems at one fell swoop.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Children James Reilly has said he is a “really strong supporter” of paid paternity leave and looked forward to a time when mothers and fa(...)

Former minister for European affairs Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The shortcomings of the European Union do not warrant the “visceral criticism” heard about it so often, former minister for European affairs Lucinda C(...)

Barbara Nolan, head of the European Commission’s representation in Ireland, said it was actively supporting efforts to encourage more Irish women to become active in politics. Photograph: David Sleator.

Women for Election, a non-partisan group promoting gender equality in politics, brought i(...)

Barbara Nolan, Irish head of the EU Commission Representation in Ireland Photograph has said it is time that the percentage of Irish women attaining high levels of education is reflected in decision making roles in politics and business. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

It is time that the percentage of Irish women attaining high levels of education is reflected in decision making roles in politics and business, the h(...)