US employers keep on hiring despite growing trade concerns

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — Defying fears of a global trade war, U.S. businesses have made it abundantly clear that they see no reason to stop hiring. Employers added a robust 233,000 jobs in May, up from 159,000 in April, the government said Friday, and helped drive the nation‘s unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8 […]

US commerce secretary in Beijing for talks on trade surplus

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrived in Beijing on Saturday for talks on China‘s promise to buy more American goods after Washington revived tensions by renewing its threat of tariff hikes on Chinese high-tech exports. The talks focus on adding details to China‘s May 19 promise to narrow its politically volatile surplus […]

Worthless wool: ‘Prices are so low they no longer cover the cost of shearing the sheep‘

Despite the sunshine heralding the start of the sheep shearing season farmer frustration is growing with dismal returns on the sale of wool. The sale of wool accounted for the major proportion of the sheep output in the past. Indeed in the Middle Ages sheep were valued exclusively for their wool. The industry which was booming in Ireland back in […]

Accused‘s DNA found at house where farmer (81) allegedly assaulted, trial told

The trial of a Dublin man accused of assaulting an elderly farmer during a burglary has heard evidence that his DNA was found at the victim‘s home. Adam Marlowe (23) of Walkinstown Drive, Walkinstown, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary and assaulting Malachy Turley causing him harm at Kettles Lane, Kinsealy, Dublin, on July 29, 2016. He has also […]

Sheep killed by lightning during severe thunderstorm in Donegal

A number of sheep were killed and others had a lucky escape when a severe lightning strike hit the Co Donegal village of Drumkeen. A ewe and a lamb were killed immediately when struck by a bolt of lightning at Legland just before 2pm. A local woman revealed how dozens of other sheep had a lucky escape during torrential downpours […]

Darragh McCullough: Drive for safety is going to become a big cost challenge for many farmers

The older you get, the more scared you become. That‘s just a fact of life. After 20 years working in the sector, I‘ve seen and heard all the horror stories that go with farm accidents. It tends to get in on you. In the last year or two I‘ve found myself worrying more and more about the staff working on […]

EU angers France and others with proposal to slash farmers‘ subsidies

The European Commission proposed on Friday cutting direct subsidies to farmers while increasing the share of funds going to smaller farms, attracting criticism from France and other countries that benefit most from EU agriculture aid. Under plans for the EU’s budget for 2021-2027, farmers would receive around €232 billion in direct support, a drop of more than €30 billion from […]