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 Minister for Agriculture  Charlie McConalogue: he has been  urged  to secure added “flexibilities” for Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish farming organisations have condemned the provisional deal on common agricultural policy (CAP) reforms, claiming it is “potentially disastrous” f(...)

The development of the Cork commuter line, which is to receive funding of €184 million, is one of many projects set to be backed by the EU through its support for Ireland’s national recovery and resilience plan. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A total of €524 million out of an initial €915 million in funding from the European Union for Ireland’s national pandemic recovery and resilience plan(...)

The EU is trying to align farming with its green deal and curb spending on agricultural subsidies. File photograph: David Sleator

An attempt will be made in Brussels this week to nail down radical reforms to the EU common agricultural policy (CAP) that have been years in making. (...)

The crane is deeply connected to the culture and history of Ireland, with the bird central to folklore tales such as Fionn MacCumhaill, the druids, St Colmcille and the Book of Kells. Photograph: Courtesy of Bord na Móna

A pair of cranes are nesting on a rewetted bog in the Midlands, Bord na Móna has confirmed. If they successfully breed, it is believed they will be th(...)

The report calls for an independent body – “ideally the EPA” – to establish and implement a robust monitoring framework to assess the environmental impacts of food production at farm, catchment and national level.

Ireland’s proposed 2030 agri-food strategy is out of line with the Government’s economy-wide emissions reduction targets for the next decade, accordin(...)

Some researchers estimate that Ireland’s fair share of the global carbon budget will run out as soon as 2024. File photograph: Getty

Revisions to the Climate Bill put in place foundations for effective climate action but more ambition is needed on implementation and on securing publ(...)

The stakes could not be higher for the remaining members of the Department of Agriculture’s Agri-Food 2030 Committee, following the withdrawal of the Environmental Pillar. Photograph: Getty

On the morning of February 25th, Karen Ciesielski, co-ordinator of the Environmental Pillar (EP), joined a virtual meeting of the Department of Agric(...)

The Environmental Pillar had been a member of the Department of Agriculture-established committee, with the brief to set out the direction of Irish agriculture and food production. File photograph: iStock

Ireland’s coalition of environmental groups has “reluctantly withdrawn” from the Agri-Food 2030 Strategy Committee having concluded a draft strategy (...)

The curlew, an endangered species in Ireland.

Ireland continues to experience accelerating biodiversity loss, with a third of wild bee species threatened with extinction while two-thirds of wild (...)

The CAP deal is the ‘first step’ in providing a stable framework for farmers to plan their business over the next few years, Minister Charlie McConalogue said. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ahead of a critical vote in the European Parliament on Friday, Irish environmental groups have claimed the EU common agriculture policy (CAP) reform p(...)

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