Could the Galway Festival host a summer pilot event? Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Irish racing is waiting for Government approval to stage pilot events in July that could see the return of limited numbers of race-goers. Horse Racin(...)

 Charlie McConalogue said: ‘It’s not a Border issue, it’s a regional issue, and we have to work together as we gradually reopen.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister Charlie McConalogue insisted that high Covid-19 infection rates in the north-west are “not a Border issue”. His remarks came as he was press(...)

The farming lobby has been  critical of food processors, who they claim have been setting unfair prices for farmers, particularly in the beef sector. File photograph: iStock

A public consultation has begun on the role of a proposed national food ombudsman, which would have powers to investigate unfair business and trading (...)

The livestock issue, which is responsible for the bulk of Irish agricultural emissions, has to be faced up to because new technologies  are not yet available, says Dr Paul Deane. File photograph: iStock

If methane emissions are to be cut in agriculture by only 10 per cent over the next decade – as recommended in a new Irish agri-food sector strategy (...)

 Paschal Donohoe: he  will outline the scale of the challenge to Ireland’s corporate tax policy from  tax reforms planned by US president Joe Biden. Photograph: Alan Betson

Corporate tax reforms planned by the United States represent a significant challenge for Ireland, Ministers will be warned on Tuesday. Minister for F(...)

A draft agri-food strategy to 2030 commits to a 10 per cent cut in biogenic methane over the next 10 years, but does not set a target on reducing livestock numbers – the sector’s main source of carbon emissions. Image: iStock.

A strategy for the redirection of Irish agriculture and food production over the next decade strongly backs further expansion through Ireland becoming(...)

Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue, who received cabinet approval for the plan today, said his aim was to protect incomes and the environment. Photograph: iStock

A new strategy from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine will consider income and other supports for farmers as part of a broader strateg(...)

The Citywest Covid-19 vaccination centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is open to considering offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under 60 who specifically request it but a final decision will not be(...)

China’s expert group on Covid-19 speaks at a media briefing in Beijing last week. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

 For weeks before she left China, Yvonne Murray had been waiting for the knock on the door. “One morning, I woke up when it was still dark, hours(...)

Although China is considered a valuable market for future Irish beef exports, they have been suspended since last May. File photograph: iStock

The Irish Government and Bord Bia have completed an “intensive series” of virtual trade meetings with China, just as tensions mount following the impo(...)

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