Pippa Hackett

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Ashling Murphy’s first class pupils at Durrow National School formed a guard of honour at St Brigid’s Church, Mountbolus, Co Offaly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the middle of the unimaginable, at a minor intersection in a rural Irish village, bewildering reality and a crushing sadness merged in memory of a (...)

MOVIES AND TV By Donald Clarke Alison Oliver Alison Oliver Actor “Alison’s audition tape was a revelation,” director Lenny Abrahamson(...)

(From left) Dr Bridget Lynch Teagasc; Prof Frank O’Mara Teagasc director; Liam Herlihy Teagasc chair; Dr Karl Richards head of Teagasc Johnstown Castle, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue and Dr Dominika Krol, Teagasc

The Government is to scale up efforts to roll out carbon farming in Ireland, a key element of which is to capture greenhouse gases in soils. Carbon f(...)

President Michael D Higgins has previously expressed concern at a flurry of last-minute Bills. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the downsides of our annual festive splurge is the prospect of all those bills coming through the letterbox after Christmas. It’s the other wa(...)

As Shelbourne FC’s public affairs and inclusion officer, former minister Finian McGrath will seek to liaise with government and local authorities on the club’s behalf with the goal of making it the most inclusive club in Ireland

Timing is everything. An email arrives on Friday afternoon from the office of Pippa Hackett, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, head(...)

Irish farmers source a lot of the seed potatoes they use from Scotland. Under Brexit, seed potatoes can no longer be exported from Britain to the EU as phytosanitary regulations are not aligned.

Irish farmers’ ability to grow their potato crops could be affected by the post-Brexit ban on importing seed potatoes from Britain, the Government has(...)

 ‘Serious concern’over increases in the number of people experiencing homeless

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien is to seek Cabinet approval for a new homeless action committee amid “serious concern” over increases in the numb(...)

Pubs with live music will not be subjected to new guidelines around ticketing, it has emerged. Photograph: iStock

Pubs with live music will not be subjected to new guidelines around ticketing, it has emerged. The Government has defended new requirements which wou(...)

The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association said the increased funding allocation was welcome but there was ‘very distinct bias against the commercial family farm’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Supports for agriculture will total almost €10 billion with a 50 per cent increase in funding for “eco schemes” under a new Common Agricultural Policy(...)

Tractor and trailer haul turf near Ferbane and Boora Bog in Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

On a corner of Falsk Bog in Co Offaly, on a breathless day with an unsparing sun, three figures stoop over a huge rectangle of neatly laid out sods. M(...)

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