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Smart-Akis – agricultural knowledge and innovation system – has been created to  give farmers access to technological solutions which will meet their needs

A newly created EU network is aimed at encouraging the more widespread adoption of smart farming technologies with the potential to generate sustainab(...)

‘His lordship’s coffin was duly loaded onto a horse-drawn cart, and the remains committed to the deep’

Around 1957, when I was in secondary school, we moved from a nice little bungalow to a house my father owned in Ballintogher, near Downpatrick in Co D(...)

Patrick Coveney, CEO Greencore, at their office in Santry, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Patrick Coveney’s office in Santry, north Dublin overlooks a picturesque lake where a number of swans spend their days calmly gliding across the surfa(...)

Sterling has risen on reports that a deal has been reached on Britain’s Brexit bill. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Sterling has risen to a two-month high after the UK and the European Union reached a preliminary agreement on the UK’s Brexit bill. The UK currency r(...)

December has traditionally been the strongest month for stocks and money managers will be eyeing another Santa Claus rally. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Never mind the five American FAANGs (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google) – wherever you look, technology stocks are soaring. Last week, Chine(...)

A father picks up his child from RYB Kindergarten in Xintiandi, Beijing: a female teacher (22)   has been detained on suspicion of abusing children at the kindergarten. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Police have detained a 22-year-old teacher suspected of abusing children at a Beijing kindergarten, as China was still reeling from a series of accusa(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is seen on Monday at the funeral of former TD Donal Creed in Cork on Monday. Mr Varadkar will resume talks on Monday with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in a bid to avoid a general election. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will meet this afternoon in an attempt to avert a pre-Christmas general election t(...)

Acting German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Social Democratic Party leader Martin Schulz. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) not to drag out talks for a fresh grand coalition, a week after the failure of(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney and British foreign secretary  Boris Johnson in Dublin  discussing  Brexit. The job of governing the country enters a strange limbo land during an election.  Photograph:  EPA/Aidan Crawley

There is rarely a good time to have a general election. But the plunge into a political crisis right now is particularly unfortunate. There is a lot o(...)

Leinster House. The politics of pragmatism requires a clear-headed view of priorities. In recent days the priorities on view have been partisan advantage, ego and bloody-mindedness

The collapse of the confidence and supply agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil – and the sudden prospect of a general election – represents a c(...)

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