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The Left Wing: Why Irish fans shouldn't lose faith and how Joe Schmidt can turn things around for the World Cup

It may have been a disappointing Six Nations campaign but on this week’s Left Wing podcast, Luke Fitzgerald believes everyone should just calm down and catch themselves on.

The panel of Will Slattery, Cian Tracey and Luke discuss the fall-out from the defeat to Wales and the criticism ...

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Brexit crisis: ‘Beef farmers are on their knees already’

Edmund Graham, a beef farmer on the Border, is already counting the economic impact of Brexit.

“With beef farmers you might say Brexit has happened already with the cuts in beef prices,” says the father-of-three who is raising his family just a mile from Monaghan town. “Beef ...

2019-03-14 20:52 open_in_new
The Left Wing: The end of an era in the Six Nations and why Wales vs Ireland will be an 'absolute war'

It’s the end of an era as Ireland face Wales in Cardiff this Saturday.

In the last Six Nations game for both Joe Schmidt and Warren Gatland, the winner decides who has the best head-to-head record against each other and Luke Fitzgerald believes the game is going to be 'an absolute ...

2019-03-13 10:13 open_in_new
French and Irish farmers back EU position on Brexit

Key Irish and French farming associations have strongly supported the EU27 position on Brexit,  ahead of this week’s vital Brexit votes in London.

In both Ireland and France represent a powerful lobby which politicians in both nations are keen to keep onside.

The Irish ...

2019-03-11 20:25 open_in_new
Vets on border posts to get €43/hour as Department sets about putting 230 staff on 'Brexit response'

Vets recruited to work on border post will be paid €43/hour, as the Department of Agriculture looks to bolster its Brexit staff by 230 people.

The Department of Agriculture recently advertised for vets to work at Border Inspection posts, but didn't announce how many vets it was looking ...

2019-03-08 13:40 open_in_new
Farmer who took on IDA - and won - seeks to frustrate $4bn Intel development

The County Kildare farmer who took on the IDA - and won - is now seeking to prevent the go-ahead for a planned new $4 billion (€3.53bn) facility at Intel’s Leixlip plant.

This follows farmer, Thomas Reid lodging an objection with Kildare County Council against the new application by ...

2019-03-06 19:40 open_in_new
'We have to bail out beef industry in event of no-deal Brexit' - Varadkar

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government must bail out the beef industry, which is likely to be devastated in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Speaking in the Dail today, Mr Varadkar said the overriding concern of everyone in the beef industry is what is going to happen in the ...

2019-03-06 17:34 open_in_new
The Left Wing: Ireland vs France preview, Johnny Sexton's temperament and Bernard Jackman on life after the Dragons

Bernard Jackman joins Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery on this week’s Left Wing to preview Ireland’s Six Nations clash against France, plus Jackman discusses life after the Dragons and why Welsh rugby is in turmoil over Project Reset.

Luke gives his thoughts on the criticism of ...

2019-03-06 00:46 open_in_new
'I'm pretty resilient' - Bernard Jackman on the challenges of a coaching career and his time at the Dragons

Bernard Jackman says that he hopes to return to coaching in the summer or after the World Cup, but thinks that it is important for coaches to have other options outside rugby.

Jackman left the Dragons in December just 18 months into a three-year deal after the Welsh side made a poor ...

2019-03-05 23:43 open_in_new
Elderly man killed in tragic farm accident

AN ELDERLY man has died in a tragic farm accident in Cork.

The man, who is understood to be 73, suffered fatal injuries in an accident on a farm outside Liscarroll in north Cork.

He had been working at a holding in the area when the tragedy occurred this afternoon.

The ...

2019-03-05 19:31 open_in_new
'They're like gold dust' - cow gallstones fetch up to €35,000 per kilo in Far East

Cow gallstones are being given the kid glove treatment in meat factories - as pristine specimens can rival gold bullion prices and fetch up to €35,000 a kilo in the Far East. However, the caveat is they are extremely scarce.

"They are like gold dust as such but they are really rare," ...

2019-03-05 10:04 open_in_new
'We're not planning a beef trade war with Ireland' - UK government

It emerged in the Dáil yesterday that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s deputy David Lidington has moved to reassure the Irish government that the UK isn't planning a trade war with Ireland over beef.

Last week the Irish Independent reported that British ministers planned to use ...

2019-02-28 09:19 open_in_new
The Left Wing: Why Ireland should go for a few drinks, the burden of expectations and the case for Tadhg Beirne

Are Ireland really as bad as some pundits are making them out to be or have expectations for Irish rugby just risen to insane heights?

Luke Fitzgerald, Will Slattery and Cian Tracey review Ireland’s first three games in the Six Nations and wonder if the glass is half-full or half ...

2019-02-26 22:40 open_in_new
Man dies following farming accident in Galway

Gardai have confirmed that a man died today, after an incident involving an animal in Galway.

Gardaí are investigating a sudden death which occurred at a farm in Glinsk, Castlerea, Co. Galway shortly after 12pm today. A man in his sixties was injured by an animal and subsequently passed ...

2019-02-26 19:31 open_in_new
Department recruiting vets to help inspections at harbours in case of no-deal Brexit

Private veterinary practitioners are being called on by the Department of Agriculture to consider possible inspector positions as pat of the Government's Brexit contingency planning.

The Department is looking for vets to registering for a process whereby appropriately qualified vets may ...

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Boost for Creed as Macron backs big CAP budget

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a large budget to defend EU goals on food quality and environmental protection.

France is the EU’s biggest agricultural producer and the main beneficiary of its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which is due to be renegotiated this year ...

2019-02-25 08:52 open_in_new
22,000 horses slaughtered for meat market over three years

NEARLY 22,000 unwanted Irish horses have been slaughtered for meat over the past three years - while 4,000 abandoned horses have been put to sleep.

Figures released by the Department of Agriculture reveal 6,573 horses were slaughtered for human consumption last year, with 7,748 ...

2019-02-23 11:43 open_in_new
Revealed: Brexit fightback as EU bends rules to fund Irish farms and businesses

The Government has received EU backing to open the purse strings to help businesses at risk from Brexit.

The EU has moved to relax stringent state aid rules as Britain threatens the dairy and beef sectors with trade war tariffs and a hard Border is imminent.

In an unprecedented ...

2019-02-22 12:37 open_in_new
Trade wars - dairy next in the Brexit firing line

Fears are mounting that Ireland's lucrative cross-Border dairy trade is next in the firing line under a no-deal Brexit scenario.

The multi-billion-euro agri-industry has warned the "stakes are very high" in the case of a hard Brexit, with potential tariffs or quotas.

The Irish beef ...

2019-02-22 10:31 open_in_new
Britain threatens to favour Brazilian beef over Irish as new trade war looms

Britain has upped the ante in the battle over the Brexit backstop, by threatening to favour Brazilian beef over Irish using a system of tariffs and quotas.

The British plan, which echoes tactics used against the government of Eamon de Valera during the Anglo-Irish trade war of the 1930s, ...

2019-02-21 10:22 open_in_new
'They have a load of challenges' - Paul O'Connell identifies two important reasons why French rugby has fallen behind

Munster and Ireland legend Paul O'Connell feels financial priorities and language barriers are having a negative impact on French rugby.

France have tumbled to 10th in the world rankings, have lost 16 of the their last 20 international Tests and were heavily criticised for the manner of ...

2019-02-20 20:43 open_in_new