Opinion

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Anti-agri ‘woke-ism’ not connected to climate change

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Anti-agri ‘woke-ism’ not connected to climate change

I mentioned in previous articles that there is an emerging realisation post COP26, across global media at least, of both...

December 8, 2021

Opinion: The clock is ticking for agri decision-makers to give women the time of day

Opinion: The clock is ticking for agri decision-makers to give women the time of day

The need to create more career opportunities for women within farming and production agriculture is obvious – they are grossly...

December 7, 2021

Opinion: Forestry could be ‘get-out-of-jail’ card for intensive farmers

Opinion: Forestry could be ‘get-out-of-jail’ card for intensive farmers

It’s time to face up to a few fundamental facts where climate change is concerned, and forestry must be part...

December 2, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Holier than thou’ attitude on climate does nothing

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Holier than thou’ attitude on climate does nothing

COP26 showed that climate action is a complex global challenge. However, while there is much greater awareness among citizens, the commitment...

November 30, 2021

Opinion: Automation is the future – we should be milking it

Opinion: Automation is the future – we should be milking it

Courtesy of a presentation to the recent Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU): College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) sustainable...

November 27, 2021

Fertiliser – as it turns out, Ireland is awash with the stuff

Fertiliser – as it turns out, Ireland is awash with the stuff

It’s hard to get away from the fertiliser debate taking place across the island of Ireland at the present time....

November 16, 2021

COP 26: The ‘methane genie’ is well and truly out of the bottle

COP 26: The ‘methane genie’ is well and truly out of the bottle

I don’t like saying ‘I told you so’ but the COP 26 event will go down in the history books,...

November 12, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: COP26 exposes narrow Irish anti-agri agenda

Ciaran Fitzgerald: COP26 exposes narrow Irish anti-agri agenda

The huge challenge of decarbonising the global economy has been well articulated and defined by the Glasgow COP26 process. COP26 has...

November 5, 2021

Letter to the editor: No protest if a cull would reduce ‘greater suffering’

Letter to the editor: No protest if a cull would reduce ‘greater suffering’

I’m writing in response to your opinion piece published on November 1, 2021 ‘Where is the animal welfare lobby when...

November 3, 2021

Where is the animal welfare lobby when you really need it?

Where is the animal welfare lobby when you really need it?

Many Irish farmers view the animal welfare lobby as a grouping that is totally anti-farming, but is this really the...

November 1, 2021

Opinion: ‘The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow’ for COP26

Opinion: ‘The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow’ for COP26

By Northern Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots. In January 2020, ‘The New Decade, New Approach’...

October 28, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Is Ireland’s livestock-based agriculture under threat?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Is Ireland’s livestock-based agriculture under threat?

Is Ireland’s livestock-based agriculture still under threat for its very existence, or do the proposed sectoral carbon budgets represent the...

October 27, 2021

Forget input costs: Food inflation ticks every box for agriculture

Forget input costs: Food inflation ticks every box for agriculture

Up to a point, I do get some of the naval gazing taking place at the present time, where input...

October 27, 2021

Development of blight-resistant potato is a staggering breakthrough

Development of blight-resistant potato is a staggering breakthrough

Last week saw the launch of a new blight-resistant potato variety that is also resistant to many other diseases. I...

October 20, 2021

Eamon Ryan should back Irish agriculture, not snipe from the bushes

Eamon Ryan should back Irish agriculture, not snipe from the bushes

So here’s a fundamental truth that Ireland’s environment minister, Eamon Ryan, seems to have overlooked – the challenge of climate...

October 15, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: The ‘whole truth’ about the agri sector

Ciaran Fitzgerald: The ‘whole truth’ about the agri sector

‘It ain’t what folks don’t know that is the problem, it’s what they do know that just ain’t so’. This...

October 11, 2021

Opinion: Has COP26 too many commercial backers?

Opinion: Has COP26 too many commercial backers?

I have just had a quick look at the COP26 website, prepared by the UK government for the upcoming UN...

October 11, 2021

Fertiliser prices: Voodoo economics playing out

Fertiliser prices: Voodoo economics playing out

I take with an absolute pinch of salt, all these prophets of doom predicting that fertiliser prices will keep on...

October 8, 2021