Joe Healy

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Farmers wellies in a pile at the gates of Leinster House during a demonstration   in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

The Government has been soundly defeated on a vote on the Mercosur trade deal in the Dáil. The vote, on a Sinn Féin motion, was defeated by 84 votes (...)

European Union agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan. The IFA praised Mr Hogan for tackling unfair trading practices and delivering a Brexit aid package for the sector. File photograph: Ray Ryan

The Independent Alliance helped cleared the way for the reappointment of EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan for a second term in Brussels. Taoise(...)

Meat the Victims animal rights protesters gathered at a Co Westmeath farm at  the weekend to raise awareness of pig farming and the vegan cause. Photograph: Meat the Victims

Farmers are to meet with gardaí and Department of Agriculture officials to discuss the fallout from a pig farm “break-in” by vegan activists over the (...)

 Irish Farmers’ Association president Joe Healy: it is galling “to see Larry Goodman make such huge profits . . . with an intricate web of transactions designed to avoid tax”. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The Irish Farmers’ Association has called for an investigation into the prices being paid to farmers for cattle following a report in The Irish Times (...)

IFA President Joe Healy with  IFA National Officers and members in a protest at the EU Commission offices in Dublin last week. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA)president Joe Healy has sought an urgent meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar over the “sell-out deal” negotiated betwe(...)

This trade agreement will have a huge impact on prices, at a time when beef farmers here are already to the pin of their collars. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What is the Mercosur deal? It is a trade agreement that will see, among other things, 99,000 tonnes of South American beef allowed into the European (...)

IFA president Joe Healy leads IFA national officers and members in a protest at the EU Commission offices in Dublin on Friday, depicting the Mercosur trade deal as  a ‘sell out’. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

A landmark trade deal between the EU and a number of South American countries including major beef producers has been sharply criticised for “selling (...)

Fossil-fuel emissions. Renewable Energy Ireland  has describing the plan  as “a road map for turning Ireland into a climate-change leader”. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s long-awaited plan to address the threat of climate breakdown “is the biggest innovation in Irish climate policy in 20 years”, accordi(...)

Irish Farmers’ Association president Joe Healy said the fever could wipe out Ireland’s entire pig stock.

Pig farmers have been warned there is “no room whatsoever” for complacency in relation to the spread of African swine fever west across Europe, a cond(...)

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(...)

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