Joe Healy

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  ‘We appreciate and understand that the beef price is very low and the cost of production is now exceeding the price that farmers can get from the factories.’ Photograph: Collins

A €100 million aid package for Ireland’s beef farmers, jointly funded by the European Commission and the Government, will “flow to farmers in the next(...)

IFA president Joe Healy said up to 70,000 farmers nationally are involved in beef production. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent, Cork Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been heckled by farmers demanding increased Brexit support. Mr Varadkar was gre(...)

Michael Ewing, Coordinator of the Environmental Pillar group: ‘There is a clear and urgent need for a sense of direction and understanding as to how Ireland will take action to aggressively respond to the imminent threat of climate change’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The progressive recommendations of the all-party climate committee must be used by the Government “to develop a real and lasting strategy to turn Irel(...)

The IFA and farm families protest outside the Department of Health of Tuesday. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Farming families have had to sell off portions of land to meet nursing home costs, the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has said in criticising the Gov(...)

IFA President Joe Healy at the launch of the associations European and local elections manifesto said he had ‘never seen such despair in the beef sector’ as at the moment. Photograph : Laura Hutton

IFA President Joe Healy has said he has never seen such despair among Irish beef farmers, who have already experienced a €100-million hit in recent mo(...)

Senator Rose Conway-Walsh said there was a need for data around beef-processing prices to determine if there were elements of a ‘cartel’ at play. Photograph: iStock

The Irish agricultural sector is “greenwashing” its impact on climate change, environmental group An Taisce has told an Oireachtas committee meeting o(...)

An Taisce said Green-Schools  was a voluntary schools initiative and the material was available online – it has not been distributed in hard form.

An educational guide issued to schools recommending a reduction in meat and dairy consumption has prompted an angry response from the farming sector d(...)

Hildegarde Naughton, chairwoman of committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The all-party Committee on Climate Action have reached agreement on a far-reaching series of actions to scale up Ireland’s response to global warming.(...)

Agriculture is the largest contributor to Irish carbon emissions by sector; accounting for 33.3 per cent of national emissions in 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

The most profitable Irish farms are the most efficient in minimising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to Teagasc’s sustainability report for (...)

The proposed British tariffs include 53 per cent of the existing EU rate on beef. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The proposed no-deal Brexit tariff regime announced on Wednesday would be a “disastrous scenario” for Irish food exports if implemented, the Irish Far(...)

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