The IFA is concerned about the proposed sale

Slaney Meats sale to be referred to watchdog

08 Feb Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has announced he will refer the proposed purchase of a 50% stake in Slaney Meats by Larry Goodman's ABP meat processors to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

Farmers say the sale to Larry Goodman's ABP meat processors would make Mr Goodman even more dominant in the meat sector

Farmers protest over proposed meat factory sale

07 Feb Farmers have rallied outside the Slaney meat factory near Bunclody in Co Wexford to demand that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney intervene to prevent the sale of a 50% stake in the meat factory.

Incident happened while probe was being pulled behind the search ship Fugro Discovery

MH370 hunt loses hi-tech undersea sonar probe

25 Jan An underwater sonar vehicle used in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 has been lost on the deep ocean floor after hitting an undersea volcano, Australian officials have said.

The five people on board the fishing vessel were rescued (Pic: Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

Pump failure contributed to boat sinking

19 Jan A report into the sinking of an Irish fishing boat has recommended that portable pumps have clear instructions for starting and operating attached to them.

This home outside Hollymount in Co Mayo has been flooded for over four weeks

Flood compensation scheme opens for farmers

07 Jan Some farmers seeking compensation for flood damage may begin applying following several weeks of extensive flooding which has caused damage in many parts of the country.

Derek Deane claims that a technological failure meant he could not submit his nominations before yesterday's deadline

Deane seeks to enter IFA race after tech problem

07 Jan One of the candidates who failed to secure enough support to enter the Irish Farmers' Association's presidential race has asked for an emergency meeting to be convened to discuss allowing him enter the race.

Agreement expected over date for IFA presidential election to replace former president Eddie Downey

April deadline set for IFA elections

05 Jan The Executive Council of the Irish Farmer's Association has set the end of April as the deadline for elections to replace former president Eddie Downey, as well as to fill all national positions.

A Japanese vessel hunts a whale in the Southern Ocean in 2006

Australia unhappy with Japan over whaling move

18 Dec Australia is "very disappointed" at Japan's decision to resume whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said this morning as he readied for talks with Japanese premier Shinzo Abe.

There will be a 20% increase in the monkfish quota in the northwest

New fishing quotas agreed in Brussels

16 Dec Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney has described the fish quotas for 2016, which were agreed in Brussels, as very positive for the industry.

IFA Deputy President Tim O'Leary faced a no confidence motion which was also defeated

IFA Executive Council survives no confidence vote

15 Dec A motion of no confidence in the executive board of the IFA has been defeated after the board met for nearly 12 hours to consider the report into the high pay revelations conducted by the IFA former chief economist Con Lucey.

Chickens at a poultry farm in Hefei, eastern China

Call to reduce use of antibiotics in agriculture

08 Dec The use of antibiotics in farming must be reduced because it represents a critical threat to public health, a review on antimicrobial resistance commissioned by the British government as found.

Simon Coveney said it was not his role to tell the IFA what it should be doing.

Minister shocked by Smith's IFA salary

27 Nov The Minister for Agriculture has said he was shocked to learn about the extent of the salary paid to the former general secretary of the Irish Farmers' Association.