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Minister for Tourism Shane Ross is responsible for a sector tacked on to an already burgeoning portfolio. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Tourism industry representatives often leer enviously at lobbyists for the agriculture sector and the depth of their influence on politics. Ministers(...)

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(...)

Teagasc student Killian Faulkner; Cathriona Hallahan, managing director of Microsoft Ireland; Gerry Boyle, director of Teagasc;  European Commissioner Phil Hogan; and Teagasc student Noel Prunty at Ballyhaise Agricultural College in Co Cavan on Saturday. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

European Commissioner Phil Hogan has said the Government should make an investment in broadband provision in rural Ireland “and the sooner the better”(...)

Illustration of a European eel (Anguilla anguilla)

I confess to approaching this week’s letter with some trepidation. Your correspondent was given the firmest of reprimands by an Irish diplomat here f(...)

Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator, at Government Buildings speaking to media following meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It will be “dangerous” if British prime minister Theresa May requests an extension to the Brexit deadline without a clear plan on how to ratify the cu(...)

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said the union had considerable experience in intervening in agri-food crises and stood ready to help out. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Emergency EU and national measures to put excess Irish beef into private storage and a major marketing drive into EU markets are likely in the event o(...)

Richard Bruton:  he  is  working with the Attorney General to “finalise a legally robust plan which will improve air quality by reducing particulate matter in the air”

Coal firms have threatened the State with legal action if it proceeds with a plan to ban smoky fuel in October, The Irish Times has learned. It had b(...)

 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(...)

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