Eddie Downey

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Simon Coveney’s suggestion that the US market could take up to 20,000 tonnes of Irish beef in 2015, worth up to €100 million, and “go way beyond that”, is considered by many as too optimistic

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has overstated the importance of Ireland’s re-entry into the US beef market, according to senior industry sourc(...)

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan addressing the  IFA   in Dublin. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The Irish Farmers’ Association offered a masterclass in protest at its 60th-anniversary celebrations in Convention Centre Dublin, with a video of high(...)

 Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey: farmers getting inadequate return. Photograph: David Sleator

Sixty years after farmers came together to found a national farming association, farm families are again finding themselves under immense pressure to(...)

Beef cattle in Kilkenny: the US is seen as providing a good market for Irish grass-based beef exports. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Beef processors have said they are poised to start exporting to the United States, once the required veterinary certificate is in place. This follows(...)

Rural organisation have said the Garda text alert system is a vital tool in supporting local communities.

A text alert system aimed at preventing crime in local communities has been used over a million times since its introduction in late 2013, according t(...)

The CSO found the value of cattle output fell by more than €180 million.

Farm incomes have dropped by 1 per cent this year, according to a provisional estimate from the Central Statistics Office. It estimated total farm inc(...)

Live animal crib opens at Mansion House with children from St Joseph’s Nursery singing When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney. Entrance is free but donations go to the homeless. Still from Daniel O’Connor video.

There was no baby Jesus in the live animal crib, but if there was the children from St Joseph’s Nursery would probably have upstaged him. Dressed as a(...)

Children from Scoil Chaoimhin, Marlborough St., at the Opening of the 20th year of the IFA Live Animal Crib. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some people are extremely hypocritical when it comes to helping homeless people, Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke has said. He said he had received ema(...)

President  Michael D Higgins highlights the importance of Ireland’s family farms while speaking at the International Family Farming Conference organised by the Irish Farmers’ Association.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

President Michael D Higgins has spoken about the “critical importance” of family farms to the whole country and challenged the assumption that modern(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey says family farms are affected by extreme price volatility, escalating input costs, reduced EU support, inequity in a food supply chain and costly political and societal bureaucratic interference. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Preserving the family farm model is of critical importance to the future of this country, President Michael D Higgins has said. Mr Higgins said the fa(...)

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