Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Project Ireland 2040  at Sligo Institute of Technology. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As reaction to the National Development Plan emerges, there is a clear divide between the business and industry sectors which have broadly welcomed ne(...)

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Companies and organisations based in Ireland spent more than €12.5 million in Brussels lobbying at the European Union level last year. Lobbying and P(...)

Puddles, splashes of colour in cow pens, noisy farmers and barking dogs make for unhappy and significantly more stressed cattle, a major international study has found. File photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Puddles, splashes of colour in cow pens, noisy farmers and barking dogs make for unhappy and significantly more stressed cattle, a major international(...)

A tractor is positioned to hold a roof down on a farm as as  Ophelia hits the Co Clare peninsula of Loop Head. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The impact of Monday’s severe weather on farmers may not become evident for several months, their representative groups believe. President of the Iri(...)

Cheltenham festival:  Ireland relies heavily on Britain to buy its horses, Seanad committee hears. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Irish horse racing industry cannot adapt its product to suit new markets and British racecourses such as Cheltenham and Aintree cannot be replicat(...)

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association called on farmers not to be panicked by media reports on farm debt. Photograph: Frank Miller

Farmers’ groups have warned of potentially ugly scenes if vulture funds begin selling off Irish farms. Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association pr(...)

An Irish Water pipeline is to be laid underneath lands belonging to local dairy farmers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water’s final proposed route for its €1.2 billion Shannon to Dublin water pipe will affect over 500 landowners, many of them farmers. The 170km(...)

 Some of the 40 sheep who were killed during a dog attack in Co Kerry last Friday. Photograph: ICMSA

Dog owners in rural areas have been asked to keep an eye on their pets after 40 sheep were killed during a dog attack in Co Kerry last Friday. It is(...)

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said Ireland would resist mounting EU pressure to scale back its milk production at this week’s Farm Council m(...)

Chief executive at Kerry Group Stan McCarthy:  He is to resign as head of the group’s co-operative arm amid the company’s ongoing row with suppliers over price. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

With no sign of an upturn in milk prices, the State’s leading dairy lobby group has called for a cut in output – a move that would have been unthinkab(...)

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