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 (...)

Current and former female members of the Oireachtas in Leinster House. Photograph: Houses of the Oireachtas collection

People have long debated the reasons for the lack of women in Irish politics. This time, voters have a real choice to correct the gender imbalance, i(...)

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(...)

Israeli-Arab members of the Knesset Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas: The three have been temporarily suspended from the Israeli parliament  over a meeting they held last week with the families of Palestinians killed while attacking Israelis. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

The ethics committee of Israel’s Knesset has temporarily suspended three Israeli-Arab politicians from parliament after determining that a meeting th(...)

Fr Dennis Faul, knowing what would happen if the hunger striker Bobby Sands died, made desperate attempts to persuade him to end his fast to the death.  PA Wire

Recent articles in The Irish Times revisited the question of the relationship between sacrifice and religiously sanctioned political violence. Since 9(...)

The Whitaker consensus: For my entire lifetime, the three pillars of that consensus have shaped Irish government.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When it comes to Irish elections, the bloody obvious is usually wrong. The most obvious thing about this election is that, on February 26th, the Irish(...)

Volunteers wait for the arrival of refugee and migrant boats  on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. The International Organisation for Migration says 374 migrants have died so far this year while trying to reach Greece.  Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

At least 27 refugees, including 11 children, drowned after a boat trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos capsized two miles off the Turkish coast (...)

Protests outside the GPO in Dublin on Saturday over the launch of anti-immigration group Pegida. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

RTÉ is to make a formal complaint today after one of its cameramen was injured during a clash between protesters and gardaí in Dublin city centre on (...)

David Cameron: The erosion of the principle of free movement and equal treatment of EU citizens is the price we are being asked to pay to keep the UK in the EU. Photograph: Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen/Scanpix

The proposed agreement between the UK and the EU to avert Brexit is smoke and mirrors, largely spin. It is a cynical political deal all to do with get(...)

The whole basis of the forecasts is that economic growth will continue at a steady pace for the next five years

Lost in space. The election debate has gone down a rabbit hole, and it remains to be seen if, or when, it will emerge. We have spent all week arguin(...)