Japanese whalers on board the Nisshin Maru clean a minke whale in the Southern Ocean off Antartica in 2000

Opposition to Japanese whaling 'eco-imperialism'

26 Nov Opposition to Japan's whaling programme is a kind of "eco-imperialism" that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science, Japan's top whaling official said this morning.

Commissioner Phil Hogan said it was important that beef farmers 'survived'

Hogan says processors driving down beef prices

18 Nov European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has accused supermarkets and meat processors in Ireland of "squeezing" farmers and driving down the price of beef because of their dominant market position.

Farmers say they will accept nothing short of a significant increase in price for their animals

Simon Coveney chairing Beef Forum

12 Nov The fourth meeting of the Beef Forum chaired by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney is now under way at the Department of Agriculture Laboratory Complex in Co Kildare.

Minister Simon Coveney said a comprehensive list of key actions had been agreed

Deal reached at marathon Beef Forum meeting

13 Nov Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said a template for the future of the beef sector has been agreed between farmers and processors that the whole sector can support.

Farmers protested outside 14 meat factories around the country

Coveney says Beef Forum can deliver progress

11 Nov The 48-hour nationwide protest by farmers at meat factories has ended with farmers vowing to return to the factory gates if the prices they receive for their animals do not increase.

Beef farmers are angry that no movement on prices has occurred since a Beef Forum agreement

Beef farmers to escalate action over prices

03 Nov The executive council of the Irish Farmers' Association has given the go-ahead for a further escalation of action against beef factories unless the prices farmers receive for cattle increase over the coming days.

It is believed the greyhounds suffocated during the 14-hour ferry journey from Rosslare to Cherbourg

Investigation into deaths of greyhounds on ferry

29 Oct The Department of Agriculture has said it is investigating and incident in which 11 greyhounds were discovered dead in a van on board the Irish Ferries Oscar Wilde vessel just before it docked in France on Monday afternoon.

IFA President Eddie Downey said farmers are not prepared to tolerate loss-making prices

IFA plans protest over beef prices

23 Oct The Irish Farmers' Association has called for a nationwide 24-hour protest by farmers outside every meat factory in the country from 3pm next Monday to highlight their anger over beef prices.