Eddie Downey

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The IFA says cattle prices have fallen €200-€400 per head since this time last year

The current difficulties in the beef industry have led to the biggest crisis to ever face livestock farmers, IFA president Eddie Downey has said.He s(...)

The recent Mercosur summit in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: EPA

After being stalled for years, trade talks between the EU and the South American bloc Mercosur are showing signs of life, with a deal that could have (...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said it was urgent to establish what sectors would be hit badly and what actions should be taken. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

A taskforce will be set up by European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos today to look at the long-term impact of last week’s Russian ban (...)

IFA president Eddie Downey: worried about food coming onto the market. Photograph: David Sleator

Farm groups and the food and drink industry have expressed concern about the Russian ban on food imports from Europe and said they were worried it co(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney urged farmers to see their workplace through their children’s eyes on National Farm Safety Awareness Day.

There has never been a greater emphasis on farm safety, yet this is turning out to be a very dark year for farm deaths. Some 17 people have died in fa(...)

Jimmy Kearns of Kearns Fruit Farm, Curraghgraigue, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, in one of his strawberry fields. Photograph: Mary Browne

They’re working flat out down on Jimmy Kearns’s fruit farm in Wexford trying to keep up with demand for strawberries – demand fuelled in part by the e(...)

A high proportion of farm deaths involved tractors and machinery.  Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Today is the first National Farm Safety Awareness Day to highlight the risks involved in what continues to be the most dangerous occupation in Ireland(...)

Farmers led by IFA president Eddie Downey (front left) and IFA national livestock chairman Henry Burns  at the Department of Agriculture yesterday. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

There were chaotic scenes at the Department of Agriculture in Dublin yesterday as angry protesters blockaded the entrance and staged a sit-in protest (...)

From left: Stephen Faughnan (Irish Property Owners’ Association), Tara Buckley (RGDATA), Noreen O’Sullivan (Vintners Federation of Ireland) and Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Four of the State’s biggest lobby groups for small businesses have joined forces to argue that the basis on which negotiations between banks and small(...)

Eddie Downey said the negotiations during the most recent Cap reform showed a dangerous drift away from the sustainable production of food for consumers. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Concerns about farm incomes, EU trade deals and the economic recovery of rural areas are among the issues raised in the Irish Farmers’ Associat(...)

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