Northern secretary Tom King: the meeting was eventually held in his London office. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

The Irish government sought to avoid having an Anglo-Irish meeting held in London because it perceived the city as “the old imperial capital”, a Briti(...)

Unemployment in the Republic could fall to 9.7 per cent in 2016 from 11.2 per cent this year, analysts with ratings agency Standard & Poor’s have said. Photograph: Frank Miller

Unemployment could slip below 10 per cent within the next two years on the back of continued growth, according to an assessment of the Republic’s e(...)

Microsoft is appealing a court order to hand over emails held on an Irish server. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In a rare legal move, the Irish Government contributed a supporting legal brief in a significant US case, in which Microsoft is appealing a court ord(...)

Politicians  at Stormont after agreement on a range of disputes that had undermined powersharing in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Stormont House Agreement, as it has been called, was agreed after a 12-week process, a few setbacks and a marathon continuous final session that (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan (left) with Northern Ireland Secretary  Theresa Villiers, Taoiseach Enda Kenny,  Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister of State Sean Sherlock at Stormont House in Belfast. Mr Flanagan was involved in more than 100 hours of meetings during 12 weeks of talks on a cross-party agreement. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

When the Belfast Agreement was signed on Good Friday 1997, British prime minster Tony Blair was moved to poetry when he said he could “feel the hand o(...)

American plane  at Shannon: Dermot Ahern, minister  for foreign affairs from 2004 to 2008, said Ireland was one of the first countries to raise concerns with the Americans about whether Shannon was  used as a refuelling stop by CIA-leased aircraft to transfer al-Qaeda suspects and other detainees around secret prisons in eastern Europe and Asia and to Guantánamo. Photograph: James Horan/Press 22

The government received assurances directly from US president George W Bush and his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice that Shannon Airport was(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with (from left) Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Seán Sherlock Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs and Tánaiste Joan Burton  at Stormont House, Belfast, ahead of the talks. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments have decided to allow another day of talking to determine if agreement can be reached that would safeguard the North(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The British government has issued the most strongly worded warning yet to Northern Ireland’s politicians that it will not pay for a more generous we(...)

Police outside the  Supreme Federal Court in Brasília, Brazil. Photograph Tom Hennigan/The Irish Times

Brazil’s supreme court has voted to allow the extradition of fugitive solicitor Michael Lynn back to Ireland. Marco Aurélio, the justice assigned to s(...)

Protestors at the anti-water charges protest in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times 3:24

In Ireland it was the story of the day but the anti-water charges protests in Dublin sparked coverage across the world. Comments from readers under in(...)