The Mercosur deal agrees to the importation to the EU of 90,000 tonnes of beef, 180 tonnes of poultry meat and 25,000 tonnes of pig meat a year.

Ireland has the opportunity to ensure legally watertight conditions are included in the EU trade agreement with the Mercosur countries that they will (...)

The deal also includes the importation of 180,000 tonnes of poultry into the EU and 25,000 tonnes of pig meat. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

Environmental and climate change requirements can be used to “thwart” and “dismantle” the EU Mercosur trade deal and protect the Irish beef industry, (...)

 Mary Doherty of Lifeline Inishowen  with supporters outside  the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

It was “just not good enough” that rural domestic violence services were threatened with closure just months after Ireland ratified the Istanbul Conve(...)

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae suggested the Taoiseach had done a grave disservice to the struggling Irish beef sector.

Beef farmers were very annoyed with the Taoiseach recently for daring to remark that he is trying to cut down on the amount of red meat he eats. Such (...)

Micheál Martin: Most TDs believe the Fianna Fáil leader wants to extend the confidence and supply deal with Fine Gael, possibly by another year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

On Tuesday, similar to most Dáil sitting days over the past few weeks, negotiating teams from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael made their way to a room in Ag(...)

The Grand Hotel in Wicklow town Photograph: Google Maps

The Government has been accused of “herding” asylum seekers into hotels and failing to consult local communities over the establishment of three new d(...)

Leinster House: It is understood, although not yet confirmed, that the meeting will be held in the small room usually used by Ministers to host concerned delegations of various hue. It is, after all, neutral territory.

In a small room just off the bridge between Leinster House and Government Buildings, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are today expected to begin the process(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on Tuesday asked his front bench to come forward with concerns they have about lack of delivery by the Government in their policy areas. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil has reacted angrily to suggestions from Fine Gael that any policies it wants to discuss as part of the review of the confidence-and-supply(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: he stressed his offer to guarantee the stability of the Government until the outcome of the talks in Brussels is clear

It would be “reckless” for the Taoiseach to call an election during such uncertainty over Brexit, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. Speakin(...)

‘We see opportunities in certain respects in agriculture but we see significant threats in beef.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has been accused of “rolling over” on a proposed deal which includes beef imports into the EU from South Americ(...)

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