Ivor Ferguson

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Clare Guinness, chief executive of Warrenpoint Port: ‘I think Theresa May’s job is like herding cats’

“We are not out of the woods yet,” says Declan Billington, a chief executive in Belfast, reflecting the anxious view of the bulk of the Northern Irish(...)

British environment secretary Michael Gove. He said under no-deal there would be zero tariffs on food exports from the Republic to Northern Ireland, while goods travelling from the North to the South could face high tariffs. Photograph: Andy Rain

Northern Ireland farming leaders have warned that a no-deal Brexit would be “catastrophic” for the industry after the British environment secretary Mi(...)

Ulster Farmers’ Union president Ivor Ferguson said the figures must be a “wake-up call’ in the Brexit context. Photograph: Cliff Donaldson

Farm incomes fell in Northern Ireland last year by nearly £8,000 (€9,181) a farm to just over £26,000, the latest official figures show. The North’s (...)

 Beef farmer Angus Woods on his farm in Co Wicklow:  “We have this huge market right on our doorstep . . . we have been supplying if for hundreds of years and now we could end up with a scenario that we might not have free access into that market.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In the pasture lands of Co Wicklow, the Woods farm has passed down through three generations. It is, says its owner Angus Woods, a typical family oper(...)

John Healy, MD Allstate NI. Photograph: PressEye/Andrew Paton

Northern Ireland’s business community is not prepared for a no-deal Brexit, the managing director of one of its biggest US investors has warned. John(...)

The North’s business leaders fear a “no deal” Brexit. Photograph: Bloomberg

The UK’s draft EU withdrawal agreement “may not be perfect” but it is “vastly preferable” to a “no deal” Brexit, according to the chairman of one of t(...)

Ulster Unionist  Party leader Mike Nesbitt: “All things being equal, I would hope to recommend that we stay in.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has given a clear signal that his party will call on people in Northern Ireland to vote for the United Kingdom to (...)