There is not a chance the Government will fulfil Philip Lane’s  “hope” that the next government “takes seriously” the need to balance public spending with the need for a “safe level of public debt”.   Picture Jason Clarke.

At the end of the riveting film The Big Short, now showing in Ireland and based on Michael Lewis’s book that charted the spectacular fraud and avarice(...)

Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at the signing of the Anglo-Irish agreement in Hillsborough Castle in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

On July 11th, 2014, I was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. That afternoon I called Theresa Villiers, the Secretary of State for North(...)

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond  in Washington DC, US. File photograph: Jim watson/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s foreign secretary Philip Hammond has privately assured the Government that the hundreds of thousands of Irish living in Britain would not be(...)

Cars and lorries sit in traffic as striking employees of the My Ferry Link company block the A16 motorway toward the ferry port of Calais in July.

Irish hauliers are to meet with Minister of Transport Pascal Donohoe early next month to press the case for compensation over delays related to the mi(...)

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for an EU summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels this week. Photograph: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

Back in 1991 I was being taught aspects of the history of European integration by an enthusiastic Europhile postgraduate student fond of quoting Jean (...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife  Sabina Higgins are shown around the Forbidden City in  Beijing. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins began his high-profile state visit to China with a tour of the Forbidden City at the heart of the capital Beijing, on a mi(...)

Ivana Bacik said she welcomed the “positive news’’ that Ireland had been invited to participate in the British Armistice day event. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú said it would not be helpful to have a politically divisive debate on the centenary celebration of the 1916 Risin(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

All parties and groups involved in the continuing search for peace in Northern Ireland must redouble their efforts to overcome the political impasse,(...)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has called for political talks to try to break the political logjam in Northern Ireland

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has called for political talks to try to break the political logjam in Northern Ireland. As the DUP (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says Government is committed to holding talks to help break impasse. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government is committed to holding political talks to help break the impasse in Northern Ireland, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan(...)