A mourner pays tribute to the victims at an altar set up at Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall

Grief at memorial for Korean ferry student victims

23 Apr Thousands of mourners paid respects today at a temporary memorial to the hundreds of student victims of South Korea's ferry disaster, as the search for bodies entered a second week.

New penalties for convictions include powers granted to a judge to ban a person from owning an animal

New animal welfare legislation introduced

07 Mar Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said new legislation on animal welfare, which came into effect today, outlines in clear legal terms the responsibility people have when they own an animal.

The IFA wants more live export markets to be opened for Irish cattle

Farmers protest over cuts to beef prices

04 Mar Hundreds of farmers gathered outside the Department of Agriculture earlier today to highlight their anger about cuts to beef prices paid to them in recent months.

Each year farmers spend millions of euro keeping potato blight at bay with pesticides

GM potato 'immune to famine fungus'

17 Feb A new strain of genetically-modified potato appears immune to the devastating fungus responsible for the famine of 1845, research has shown.

The minister's vote clears the way for the bloc's executive arm to approve the crop automatically

EU Executive set to back new GM crop

11 Feb European Union ministers have hit deadlock on whether to let a new strain of genetically modified maize be grown on EU soil for human consumption.

Jose Salvador Alvarenga washed up on a remote Pacific atoll over a week ago

Castaway 'suffering from post-traumatic stress'

08 Feb A castaway who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific appears to be suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome, a doctor said Saturday, as officials confirmed he had been living in Mexico illegally.

Jose Salvador Alvarenga steps off the 'Lomor' Sea Patrol vessel in Majuro

Pacific castaway prepares to go home

05 Feb Pacific castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga is preparing for a faster and more comfortable journey home, after 13 months adrift in a small fishing boat.

Eddie Downey said farmers need to be properly rewarded for their job

IFA calls for new charter of farmers' rights

14 Jan New IFA President Eddie Downey has said a new charter of farmers' rights is required to remove the fear surrounding inspections and to guarantee farmers respect and fair play.