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 European commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan . Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan has accused Democratic Unionists of “political hypocrisy” in accepting the UK government’s recent plan for tari(...)

 Tom Arnold: he launched  a joint EU-African Union paper on the African rural economy

Nothing short of the transformation of the African economy and its agri-food sector will be needed to meet the challenge of some 800 million more peop(...)

Cattle grazing in Co Galway. Changes to state aid rules means member states can move more quickly to help farmers in crisis. Photograph: Getty.

The Republic and other member states will be allowed to increase state aid to farmers in times of crisis without seeking specific EU approval, the Eur(...)

The Tánaiste rejected FF claims of inaction and insisted that “this Government will not be found wanting” and would support farming. File photograph: Getty Images

The Tánaiste has insisted that the Government and European Union will support Irish farmers following UK threats to import Brazilian beef on a tariff-(...)

Meat Industry Ireland says  tariffs on Irish beef imports into the UK would be around €750m on current trade levels, effectively pricing Irish beef out of the UK market.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Confirmation that the UK will apply tariffs on food imports in a no-deal Brexit “demonstrates the gravity of the situation for the Irish farming secto(...)

Phil Hogan: he declined to discuss the size of any potential EU package of financial supports

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan says he is satisfied Brussels has the tools to help Irish farmers in “any exceptional circumstances” that might(...)

Minister for Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton: his climate plan will be implemented if Britain has an orderly exit from the EU. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The Government may postpone the implementation of a major plan to tackle climate change in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Ministers this week discus(...)

Political sources have previously said Mr Hogan could change brief if he remains at the Commission. File photograph: Alan Betson

European Commissioner Phil Hogan has publicly indicated for the first time that he is open to serving a second five-year term in Brussels. Mr Hogan,(...)

 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(...)

Leo Varadkar receives a birthday cake from DCU students and staff in Ballymun. The guest list for the Taoiseach’s birthday party has been putting noses out of joint. Photograph:  Julien Behal

It’s been like living through the opening scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this week in Leinster House, with a cast of increasingly for(...)

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