Ulster Unionist  Party leader Mike Nesbitt: “All things being equal, I would hope to recommend that we stay in.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has given a clear signal that his party will call on people in Northern Ireland to vote for the United Kingdom to (...)

Scotland’s Minister for Europe  Humza Yousaf (left): ‘The Irish are seen as close friends, indeed our cousins.’ Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Ireland is the only foreign state whose voice should be heard in the referendum on the United Kingdom’s future in the European Union, a Scottish minis(...)

What is Brexit? The countdown has begun to the United Kingdom’s referendum on withdrawal from the European Union. The stakes are high: if UK voters o(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan “We recognise the challenge and complexity of the task ahead.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/PA Wire

Ireland has been selected to co-chair a major United Nations summit of world leaders on refugees and migration later this year. The summit of 193 h(...)

David Nabarro, special adviser to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on the 2030 Agenda. Photograph: Eric Luke

David Nabarro’s new job comes with a daunting in-tray. Last September, heads of state and government from 193 countries approved a set of goals and ta(...)

 Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland, addressing an Irish Exporters Association forum on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxwells.

The British government will not hold a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union “if the people deliver the wrong answer” in the (...)

Sustainable Development Goals: Getting 193 countries to sign off on   2030 Agenda was widely considered a major achievement for the UN while also strengthening Ireland’s reputation as a serious player on international development stage

In the end, everything hinged on a single letter. After almost a year of talks, months of redrafting, an all-night negotiating session and the largest(...)

Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait for tents in Bab-Al Salam, near the Turkish border crossing. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

The arrival of 40,000 refugees at the Turkish border north of Aleppo is a sign of how dramatically the dynamic of the conflict has shifted since Russi(...)

Syrians fleeing the northern  city of Aleppo wait  in Bab Al-Salam, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey is under pressure to admit 40,000 Syrians who have been camped on the border between the two countries after fleeing the biggest Syrian governm(...)

 President Michael D Higgins:  Central to what he describes as his “presidency of ideas” is a desire to challenge, to provoke, to question assumptions and orthodoxies. Photograph: Frank Miller

The role of president is rich in ambiguity. The Constitution lays down some things the holder of the office must do (appoint the taoiseach and governm(...)