Agritechnica trade fair in Germany: Irish exhibitors this year include Combilift, Malone Farm Machinery, Athlone Extrusions, Mastek, and Burnside Autocy.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Enterprise Ireland is leading a group of 18 companies to fly the flag for the Irish agri-tech sector this week at Agritechnica 2017 in Hanover, German(...)

A mock customs post set up by anti-Brexit campaigners at Ravensdale, Co Louth. The tale of the Border dog is an anti-Brexit version of “Yes Minister’s” “Eurosausage” – an EU scare story made up or exaggerated to cause popular outrage. Photograph: PA

In February this year Michael Lux, former head of customs procedures for the European Commission, testified to Westminster’s Northern Ireland affairs (...)

President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina and the Governor of Western Australia Kerry Sanderson during a welcome ceremony in Perth on Monday. Photograph: Maxwells

President Michael D Higgins has clarified his remarks on whether he would seek a second term, saying his decision would be known by the 2018 National (...)

Farmers from Bunclody on the third and final day of the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Alan Betson

Unlike some presenters on their mandatory annual trip to the National Ploughing Championships, Sean O’Rourke seems to enjoy himself whenever he visits(...)

  Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation  Frances Fitzgerald with  Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon     at the Robotics and Drives stand at the National Ploughing Championships in Offaly. Photograph:  Karl Hussey/Fennells

What would you do with an extra two days off per week? This was the question posed to Irish dairy farmers this week by Dutch agri-robotics company Le(...)

Edward Dowse (85) from Wicklow  competing in the Special Horse Class on the third and final day of the National Ploughing Championships in Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

For Edward Dowse, competing in the National Ploughing Championships at the age of 85 is something of an act of thanksgiving. It is, in no small part(...)

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has accused British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of indulging in “referendum rhetoric” over Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has accused British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of indulging in “referendum rhetoric” over Brexit. Mr Hogan said he e(...)

President Michael D Higgins at an Áras an Uachtaráin engagement on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

During his long run-up to assuming the leadership of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar remarked that anything he said or did would be viewed through the prism o(...)

Farming: a fast-changing sector

There may be clouds on the horizon because of Brexit, but the majority of farmers who attended the National Ploughing Championships in Co Offaly this (...)

Martin Kehoe jnr (33) died at the family farm in Foulksmills, New Ross.

A minute’s silence was observed at the National Ploughing Championships for a former competitor who died in a farming accident. Martin Kehoe Jr (33),(...)

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