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Should he stay or should he go - Kearney facing tough decision as he weighs up future

Rob Kearney was a notable absentee from the list of Leinster contract renewals yesterday as speculation grows that this season could be the fullback's last in blue.

The 32-year-old's IRFU contract runs out after the World Cup, and Kearney is currently in negotiations over a new one. ...

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'Since John Afoa, they haven't had a really top class front row'- Luke Fitzgerald believes Ulster need a stronger pack

Luke Fitzgerald believes the Ulster pack has never matched the heights of it's golden era when the likes of John Afoa stood in the front row of their scrummage and gave them an edge in power up front.

Afoa spent four years at the club and asserted himself as a powerful prop in the Ulster ...

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'He's a ready-made replacement' - How Leinster have set up their 'succession plan' for Johnny Sexton

Johnny Sexton was a notable omission from the Leinster team in their fifteen-point defeat of Munster in the Pro14 semi-final, with Leo Cullen opting to start Ross Byrne instead.

With the Leinster back-room team insisting that Sexton was merely being rested following the Champions Cup ...

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The Left Wing: Leinster's succession plan, Munster's missing piece and the art of contract negotiations

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald look ahead to the PRO 14 final and discuss last weekend's semi-final.

The lads start off by discussing Glasgow's comprehensive win over Ulster, and Luke asks why Ulster haven't been able to get over the line and ...

2019-05-21 22:34 open_in_new
Farmer killed instantly while singlehandedly knocking down an old farm shed, inquest hears

The often lethal dangers associated with farm activities was highlighted by a coroner at an inquest into the death of a 50-year-old Co. Mayo farmer who was pinned beneath a slab of concrete which collapsed upon him while he was demolishing an outhouse.

Gerard Naughton, Killeen, ...

2019-05-21 16:16 open_in_new
Calls for use of CPOs to buy land for graveyards as prices soar

Calls have been made for compulsory purchase orders (CPO) to be used for graveyards as farmers ramp up prices for land.

Fianna Fáil councillor Malachy Noone has expressed concern that landowners were looking for too much money.

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Rural isolation and suicide pose major concern - Tánaiste

Suicides across rural Ireland now pose one of the greatest challenges to society, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has acknowledged.

Farming ranks as one of the professions most tragically affected by suicide and self-harm.

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Farmers refusing to take on 'snowflake' vet students

Farmers are refusing to take on "snowflake" veterinary students who do not have a farming background.

A pig farmer based in north Cork told the Irish Independent he wouldn't take on veterinary students who don't come from an agricultural background after two students made a complaint ...

2019-05-16 17:34 open_in_new
Farmers refusing to take on 'snowflake' vet students

Farmers are refusing to take on "snowflake" veterinary students who do not have a farming background.

A pig farmer based in north Cork told the Irish Independent he wouldn't take on veterinary students who don't come from an agricultural background after two students made a complaint ...

2019-05-16 16:31 open_in_new
Big Phil's €100m election bailout for Leo

A week out from crucial local and European Elections, former Fine Gael Minister and now EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has announced a package of €50m for under pressure beef farmers.

Today's announcement of a beef package comes less than a week after the Government announced a ...

2019-05-16 12:19 open_in_new
'I don't see how the game has hinged on this one moment' - Luke Fitzgerald disagrees on final turning point

Leinster's decision not to kick the ball out at the end of the first half was seen as a huge moment in the Champions Cup final - but Luke Fitzgerald doesn't think it was as significant as some are making out.

With Leinster leading 10-3, the clock ticked past 40 minutes following a tense ...

2019-05-15 16:22 open_in_new
The Left Wing - Where Leinster went wrong, Saracens power and looking ahead to RDS showdown

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to discuss the Champions Cup final.

Saracens clinched a third European crown in four seasons after seeing off Leinster, producing a powerful performance to run out 20-10 winners. The lads ...

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Hundreds of beef farmers protest in Ballinasloe

Hundreds of beef farmers have protested against “corporate greed and factories hanging them out to dry” at a beef meeting where Minister for Agriculture and major industry professionals are speaking this evening.

Members of the Beef Plan Movement marched their way from the centre of ...

2019-05-09 22:49 open_in_new
Cattle be the day: Cow gives birth to triplets

A limousin cow in Co Meath has defied odds of up to a million to one by giving birth unassisted to triplets.

It is the first time in almost 30 years of suckler farming that Michael and Stephanie Bray have witnessed the delivery of triplets on their land at Fordstown.

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Field of dreams - Tipperary farmer helps friend plough his election furrow

A farmer in Co Tipperary is hoping that his ploughing skills will help his friend running in the local elections to reach for the sky.

Tillage and beef farmer Ciaran Slattery whose family are the “life and soul” of ploughing in the county has constructed a ‘Vote for Joe’ slogan ...

2019-05-07 22:31 open_in_new
Farmers outraged at abuse of Irish calves at French lairage

Farmers have described the brutality shown towards calves in holding facility Cherbourg as despicable.

It comes as the ISPCA called for the immediate suspension of the export of calves from Ireland to France and the Netherlands following the release of footage of alleged abuse.

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ISPCA calls for immediate suspension of calf exports

The ISPCA has called for the immediate suspension of the export of calves from Ireland to France and the Netherlands following the release of footage of alleged abuse of Irish calves at a facility in France.

The ISPCA said it was horrified and angered by the footage released by animal ...

2019-05-07 14:07 open_in_new
Increasing cattle numbers blamed for Irish people contracting potentially fatal strain of E-coli

Increasing cattle numbers are a major factor in Irish people contracting a strain of E-coli that is potentially fatal, with rates of the food-borne disease 10 times higher here than the rest of Europe, leading health professionals have warned.

Dr Alan Reilly, advisor to the World Health ...

2019-05-07 09:55 open_in_new
Farmers risk burning out, says McGuinness

Workloads on farms are taking a heavy toll on farmers and up to one in seven is at risk of "burnout", European MEP Mairead McGuinness has warned.

The Fine Gael politician, seeking re-election to the Midlands-North-West constituency, said the workload on farms could not be sustained. She ...

2019-05-07 08:52 open_in_new
The Left Wing: Champions Cup final preview - what Leinster must do to overcome Saracens

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald preview the Champions Cup final with Cian Tracey and Ruaidhri O'Connor of the Irish Independent.

Leinster vs Saracens is the dream final match-up, pitting last year's winners against the side who won back-to-back ...

2019-05-06 23:25 open_in_new
Minister condemns alleged animal welfare breaches of exported calves

The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has condemned alleged mistreatment of Irish calves, in footage that is circulating online.

Footage has emerged that claims to show Irish calves being shipped between Ireland and the Netherlands and the mistreatment of calves.

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