Anna May McHugh poses at the National Ploughing Championships in Ballintrane, Fenagh,  Co Carlow. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The only clouds on the horizon on the second day of the National Ploughing Championships in Co Carlow came in the shape of Brexit and beef, and were i(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney  visits the Global Ireland marquee at the National Ploughing Championships on Wednesday. Photograph: Julien Behal

Those involved in negotiating the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union are effectively “writing history”, and missteps made now will be felt (...)

Beef Plan Movement co-chairs Hugh Doyle and Eamon Corley. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An end to the beef dispute may be in sight with the prospect of blockades on six factories being lifted on Wednesday evening. Protesters outside Dawn(...)

 President Michael D Higgins visited the Ploughing this afternoon to officially open the event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The biggest farming event of the year saw some 102,500 people descend on Co Carlow on Tuesday for the first day of the annual National Ploughing Champ(...)

An Post head of security Brendan Cloonan, Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn, Chief Supt Dominic Hayes, Supt Derek Hughes, Crime Prevention Officer Peter McConnon and Jom Bergin of An Post at the launch of the initiative at Kilkenny Castle. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Postmen and postwomen will pass on information to gardaí that may help solve or prevent crimes in the areas where they deliver under a new arrangement(...)

Love Island winner Greg O’Shea at the Gra Island contest held in the National Dairy Council’s tent at the National Ploughing Championship. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

It’s difficult to tell which event on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships created more bustle; the rush of girls trying to catch sig(...)

The number of adults without a home in rural areas hit 1,000 for the first time in May 2019. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rural homelessness is the “forgotten problem” in the housing debate but the situation outside of cities is worsening, the head of a housing charity ha(...)

President Michael D Higgins opens the ploughing championships. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Farmers need “transparency, protection and a fair system,” President Michael D Higgins has said, opening the National Ploughing Championships in Co Ca(...)

Dry and sunny spells are forecast for the coming days, as thousands of people descend on the annual National Ploughing Championships in Co Carlow. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dry and sunny spells are forecast for the coming days, as thousands of people descend on the annual National Ploughing Championships in Co Carlow. Te(...)

Northern  Secretary Julian Smith has suggested a revived Stormont Assembly could have a role to play in any new Brexit deal that had specific Northern Ireland elements.  File photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

A revived Stormont Assembly could have a role in achieving any new Brexit deal that had specific Northern Ireland elements, the Secretary of State for(...)

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