The party’s traditional strong appeal for farmers may be weakened by a growing sense that the party has become Dublin-centric
The minister has had an eventful and sometimes draining tenure at the Department of Agriculture, but maintains that it’s the ministerial portfolio he always wanted
Is loss-making beef farming the result of a declining market for Irish beef, or a declining share of the profits?
Farmers are in crisis, but this time is different. Farming interests have fragmented into angry groups and protests in Dublin are meeting with hostility in an atmosphere that equates farming with climate change, and where beef and dairy prices are firmly controlled by huge conglomerates
Environmentalists say Leo Varadkar’s comments about the supposed upsides of the climate crisis reveal Fine Gael’s deep fear of alienating the farming vote