Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he was “concerned” ahead of the latest round of Stormont discussions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he expects the fresh round of Stormont talks called for next week to be concluded “within four (...)

Police officers distribute fruit and juice to migrants at the Bicske Railway Station, in Bicske, Hungary on Friday. Photograph: Balazs Mohai/EPA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said it is too early to put numbers on how many migrants Ireland will accept as part of a new EU rel(...)

A migrant holds a sign in front of Keleti railway station in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the number of asylum-seekers to be received by Ireland could surpass the figure of 1,800 suggested by Minister for Justi(...)

The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, Co Laois. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Department of Health and the HSE wanted to see key services at the troubled Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise closed down in June 2014, but (...)

US Democratic Congressman Brendan Boyle: ‘There is absolutely no appetite in the United States for any sort of backsliding on the democratic institutions that exist and that a lot of sacrifice and effort went into creating.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

A leader of the Friends of Ireland caucus in the US Congress has said the killing of Belfast republican Kevin McGuigan should not be used as a reason (...)

Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Portlaoise hospital is the health controversy that refuses to go away. Ever since revelations almost two years ago about baby deaths in the maternity(...)

Migrants protest outside the Keleti railway station in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Reuters

The European Commission is expected to unveil a new proposal next week to relocate an extra 120,000 refugees across the European Union, amid mounting (...)

Enda Kenny said the Northern Ireland discussions  will begin next week. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have convened talks between the Northern Ireland parties to try and break the political (...)

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Minister of State Seán Sherlock and Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have discussed the crisis threatening the Stormont institutions as Dublin and London at(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: “A collapse of the institutions will undoubtedly result in a vacuum.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When it was scheduled, the interview with Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan was meant to be about other issues. Then a political crisis er(...)