Opinion

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Will science drive Ireland’s climate action legislation?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Will science drive Ireland’s climate action legislation?

The righteous onward march of veganism, as promoted by the Environmental Pillar in Ireland who want stringent climate action legislation,...

April 16, 2021

Letter to the editor: Wood pigeons deserve a break

Letter to the editor: Wood pigeons deserve a break

Wood pigeons are a prized part of our wildlife heritage. For many of us, its familiar cooing call is a...

April 13, 2021

The importance of soil – our roots have taught us

The importance of soil – our roots have taught us

Plans have been unveiled to mark World Soil Day 2021. It takes place on Sunday December 5th highlighting the importance...

April 13, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Ireland must reopen for agri-business

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Ireland must reopen for agri-business

The penny seems to be dropping with farm organisations and politicians that the current campaign of blocking Irish agri-business, by...

April 9, 2021

Irish wool needs support now as NI supports its sheep industry

Irish wool needs support now as NI supports its sheep industry

Last Friday saw Northern Ireland’s agriculture minister, Edwin Poots, agree a £1.27 million Covid-19 support package for the sheep industry...

April 6, 2021

Politicians should keep their noses out of the planning process

Politicians should keep their noses out of the planning process

The last time I checked, we had an independent planning process in this country. So, for a number of leading...

April 2, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Deja vu for agriculture all over again

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Deja vu for agriculture all over again

In 2005/2006 as the Doha round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks seemed set on an inevitable ‘giveaway trade’ deal...

April 1, 2021

Gerry Boyle: Dairy and beef farmers are interdependent

Gerry Boyle: Dairy and beef farmers are interdependent

Dairy and beef farmers need to recognise their interdependence to overcome future challenges. The recent Climate Action Bill will present...

March 31, 2021

Letter to the editor: Issues with foal levy need to be addressed

Letter to the editor: Issues with foal levy need to be addressed

I read with interest the article about the thoroughbred horse breeder on February 22 last. There were two issues I...

March 25, 2021

UK beef prices could well take off over the next few years

UK beef prices could well take off over the next few years

If I was a betting man, which I am not, I would take a serious punt on UK beef prices...

March 25, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Dublin 4 doesn’t rate agriculture

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Dublin 4 doesn’t rate agriculture

Glanbia’s announcement of a new peak milk supply management scheme has created waves across the dairy industry, but is unlikely...

March 24, 2021

Can organic farming feed the world?

Can organic farming feed the world?

A recent report, produced on behalf of the World Health Organisation (WHO), suggests that organic farming practices can feed the...

March 22, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: EU Green Deal could reduce agri-production by 12%

Ciaran Fitzgerald: EU Green Deal could reduce agri-production by 12%

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has consistently stressed the need to balance reductions in carbon emissions and other...

March 19, 2021

The banks don’t like uncertainty – and farmers know this

The banks don’t like uncertainty – and farmers know this

Surely it had crossed the minds of Glanbia executives that the banks don’t like uncertainty. As the Irish Farmers’ Association...

March 19, 2021

Potato celebrations put on hold for 12 months

Potato celebrations put on hold for 12 months

The Covid pandemic may have scuppered plans for Ireland to host the 2021 World Potato Congress. The event has, indeed,...

March 15, 2021

Changes to Origin Green will have a direct impact on production agriculture

Changes to Origin Green will have a direct impact on production agriculture

Changes announced today (Thursday, March 11) by Bord Bia to Origin Green will have a direct impact on all aspects...

March 11, 2021

Irish dairy has a unique opportunity to put its best foot forward

Irish dairy has a unique opportunity to put its best foot forward

The news that New Zealand’s milk output is to drop by 10% over the next decade should come as ‘sweet...

March 8, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Environmental Pillar exit from Agri-Food Strategy not surprising

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Environmental Pillar exit from Agri-Food Strategy not surprising

The Agri-Food Strategy 2030 process was always going to be difficult and complex, having as a backdrop multiple challenges and...

March 3, 2021