IFA president Tim Cullinan: Farmers feel increasingly like powerless spectators in the management of their own forests, locked into forestry under the replanting obligation without recourse. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

The timber shortages resulting from the forest licence backlog continues to threaten the Irish forestry industry, which in normal circumstances export(...)

Ulster Bank has been allowed by the Central Bank to return €3.5bn  of surplus capital to RBS over the past four years, the equivalent of about a fifth of its parental bailout bill during the financial crisis.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

US investment firm Cerberus is looking at making an approach for Ulster Bank’s €20.5 billion loan book in the Republic as the lender’s UK parent activ(...)

‘Ulster Bank has a long association with its customers and communities across Ireland and plays a key role in personal, business, and digital banking,’ said FSU general secretary John O’Connell. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Financial Services Union (FSU) said on Thursday that it has written to directors of Ulster Bank’s UK parent NatWest as part of a campaign to “save(...)

The High Court approved a personal insolvency arrangement (PIA) for Charles Kavanagh, a 58-year-old farmer from Co Wexford. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A farmer has secured a court deal restructuring his farming and property debts through a personal insolvency solution while securing a write-off of €7(...)

Santa will still be able to get on his sleigh on Christmas Eve without so much as a sniffle. Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 has forced us all to have conversations we didn’t think we would ever have. Conversations around whether we can travel or take holidays, or w(...)

While the UK remains the most important market for Irish beef, farmers are exporting successfully into other countries and sales continue to grow year on year.

Brexit talks between London and Brussels have ramped up in recent weeks with the hope that a free trade agreement can be reached before the clock runs(...)

Ammonia gas – a nitrogen-based compound – is released during slurry spreading

Going vegan, buying organic, eating locally produced meat and dairy are all seen as ways consumers can help protect the environment, boost animal welf(...)

The Beef Finisher Payment scheme is a one-off, exchequer-funded grant aid programme

The European Commission has formally approved a €50 million Irish scheme to support those working in the beef sector who have been affected by the cor(...)

The Teagasc national farm survey for 2019 shows dairying yields by far the largest income for Irish farmers. Photograph: iStock

The Teagasc national farm survey for 2019 shows dairying yields by far the largest income for Irish farmers, while beef farmers continues to struggle.(...)

The 42km Great Western Greenway in Co Mayo cost €5.7m to develop. The 32km South Kerry Greenway is now estimated to cost more than €20m. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The original application for funding for the South Kerry Greenway “made no provision” for the cost of land acquisition from more than 170 individual l(...)

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