Michael Creed

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The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, persuaded the grassroots Beef Plan movement to stand down their protests and take part in talks last Friday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Talks began on Monday afternoon aimed at resolving the dispute between cattle farmers and meat processors over the price paid for animals, which led t(...)

Farmers say for every €10 of beef bought off the shelves, the farmer gets €2, the processor gets €2.90 and the supermarket gets €5.10. Photograph: Todd Korol/Reuters

For Hugh Doyle, farmer protests that have been crippling meat factories around the country are nothing less than a last-gasp fight for the very surviv(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times/Files

Protesting Irish beef farmers have been urged by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed to lift their pickets at meat processing (...)

Holstein cows: Everybody needs to think carefully about their diets, experts say. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

The world cannot avoid the worst impacts of climate change without radically changing how it produces food, the UN has warned in its latest assessment(...)

The support scheme will mean beef farmers can claim aid of €100 per adult cattle slaughtered. Photograph: Getty

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has announced an emergency Brexit aid package for Irish beef farmers worth €100 million. The support package w(...)

Farmers wellies in a pile at the gates of Leinster House during a demonstration   in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

The Government has been soundly defeated on a vote on the Mercosur trade deal in the Dáil. The vote, on a Sinn Féin motion, was defeated by 84 votes (...)

The Mercosur deal agrees to the importation to the EU of 90,000 tonnes of beef, 180 tonnes of poultry meat and 25,000 tonnes of pig meat a year.

Ireland has the opportunity to ensure legally watertight conditions are included in the EU trade agreement with the Mercosur countries that they will (...)

The problems of Ireland’s beef sector “are mostly unrelated to a deal which opens up an additional 1.25 per cent of the EU beef market”.

For many years Irish trade policy has been based on trying to ride two horses at once – open up opportunities for Irish businesses, or more accurately(...)

 European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan says the Mercosur countries have committed to implement the Paris global warning agreement. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

European Union agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan has rejected criticism of the EU/Latin American Mercusor trade deal, saying critics are exploiting (...)

Pay review in store for Defence Forces. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Good morning. The Cabinet meets at Government Buildings this morning (the regular Tuesday meeting having been postponed because the Taoiseach was in (...)

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