Irish diplomat Rory Montgomery: “We have to make the best of it. There will be positives as well. We now realise as a country that we have to do more, more quickly, of what we should do anyway.” Photograph: Conor McCabe

Brexit is the greatest economic challenge faced by Ireland in the past 50 years, Anne Lanigan, the head of the Brexit unit in Enterprise Ireland told (...)

If Fianna Fáil does not take a position, the public’s perception of the party will be shaped by what Micheál Martin himself does.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just before the Fianna Fáil ardfheis passed a motion effectively calling for the Eighth Amendment to be retained, delegates were warned about finding (...)

Prof Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, president-elect of the International Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology & author of the report on the death of Savita Hallappanavar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Eighth Amendment “played a major role” in the death of Savita Halappanavar during pregnancy, a leading international expert in obstetrics has said(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre): the Kremlin wants World Cup 2018 to be a showcase for Putin’s Russia, just like the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via Reuters

The mayor of Kaliningrad, a host city for the World Cup in Russia next year, has offered some striking match-day advice to its residents: don’t hit th(...)

 Richard Hayes: librarian and code-breaker

One morning in May 1947, a German wartime spy named Hermann Görtz was brought to the Aliens’ Office in Dublin Castle and told he would be deported hom(...)

Brexit secretary David Davis told MPs this week that he expects EU leaders to agree that the negotiations are close to achieving as much progress as they can before moving on to trade talks. Photograph: AFP/PRU

Theresa May travels to Brussels on Thursday with no hope of moving on to talks about a post-Brexit trade deal before December, as other EU leaders exp(...)

Niall Collins of Fianna Fáil said the Government’s unwillingness to publish reports into Brexit by some of its departments is unhelpful. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil has accused the Government of deliberately suppressing two more reports on the economic impact of Brexit on Ireland. The reports, commiss(...)

There is disquiet over a proposed loosening of standards to attract the IPO of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company. Photograph: Reuters

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund has sharply criticised UK plans to change its stock market listing rules, adding to disquiet over a proposed(...)

 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with Iranian elite students in Tehran, Iran, today. Photograph: Iran supreme leader website/EPA

Iran’s supreme leader has described Donald Trump as “mentally retarded” as he urged Europe to do more to back the 2015 nuclear deal, following the US (...)

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire speaking  in  London, where he said  powersharing talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin have stalled. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland is on a “glide path” to direct rule as talks between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party have stalled, James Brokenshire has(...)