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(...)

The visit of  Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to Flanders in Belgium coincides with a programme of commemorative events that is planned to mark the centenary of the Christmas Truce, where British and German soldiers played football in no man’s land. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Northern Irish Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to travel to Belgium on Saturday on a historic official visit to commemorate the centenary o(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron: will hold out the carrot of the Northern Executive having corporation tax-setting powers if a deal is done. Photograph: EPA

The Stormont negotiations designed to reach agreement on a range of issues are now at a “crucial stage”, said British prime minister David Cameron as (...)

The Rendition Project and Reprieve have identified 27 aircraft used by the CIA in its rendition programme which they claim landed more than 200 times at Irish airports on global circuits that ferried al-Qaeda suspects around secret prisons or “black sites” between 2001 and 2006. File photograph:  PA Wire 1:08

The invoice states that the trip lasted four days in November 2012 and flew from Washington to Kabul in Afghanistan and back again stopping for fue(...)

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici: said the commission would publish its full post-programme surveillance report on Ireland early next year

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici has refused to comment on reports that the Irish Government had reprimanded the European Commission over (...)

Michael Hasenstab: filled his boots with Irish government bonds

Why is it that one group of investors who buy Irish debt when its on the floor are publicly praised and others are vilified? In 2012, Franklin Templet(...)

Abbey reported pre-tax profits of €16.99 million for the six months to the end of October

House builder Abbey has warned that state intervention in the Irish and British housing markets has the potential to “crowd out” private investors.In(...)