EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan   recently said he is “digging his heels in” to ensure the trade agreement does not allow for the import of lower quality beef into the EU. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

European Commission sources on Monday expressed confidence that it will be possible to conclude two major trade deals, with Mexico and the south Ameri(...)

Sale of a family home: capital gains tax would be hard to introduce politically. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has ruled out any changes to existing arrangements that exempt the proceeds of a sale of a family home from capital gains tax. A spoke(...)

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(...)

Joe Healy, president of the Irish Farmers’ Association, said  arresting the decline of rural areas required investment. “The roll-out of the national broadband network to all areas must be a priority.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Farming and business groups broadly welcomed the Government’s rural development plan but stressed that it had to be properly funded. The Irish Farm(...)

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(...)

 River Shannon Protection Alliance member Donal Whelan at Dromineer Harbour on Lough Derg. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Farmers, stud farmers, tourism groups and residents in the Lough Derg area have called on politicians to halt Irish Water’s €1.3 billion plan to pump (...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster: claimed the Republic was “poaching” investment at the North’s expense while political instability rather than concern for Northern Ireland was driving the Republic’s post-Brexit strategy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland may lose out in the race to encourage UK businesses to move here in the wake of Brexit due to competitive and infrastructural failings, Dublin(...)

Codd Mushrooms  owner Leslie Codd on his farm in Tullow, Co Carlow: “It’s quite likely we could lose 50 per cent of producers.”

Ireland’s mushroom industry provides a stark warning to the rest of the country’s economy about the damage a sustained weakness in sterling could infl(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said in his budget speech in the Dáil that the measures were to help farmers facing an “exceptionally poor year”to “step out” of income averaging this year. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Farmers will be allowed extra time to pay their tax bills and given access next year to a new low-interest loan fund of €15 million under measures ann(...)

Hot air?: The lowering of Ireland’s targets for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 was a clear victory for lobbyists in favour of radical expansion of beef and dairy farming. Photograph: E+/Getty

Climate-smart agriculture is “not just a list of technologies and practices; it is also the process of engaging all stakeholders around a common visi(...)

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