Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Queen’s University in Belfast last week on his first visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The first significant deadline in the Brexit negotiations is fast approaching, but key players are increasingly sceptical about their ability to meet (...)

Leo Varadkar: “If they can’t come up with solutions, well then maybe they might talk about mine”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to advance the political debate on Brexit in Northern Ireland after he proposed a number of “practical solutions” to(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Queen’s University Belfast: It is embarrassing when the leader of a government seems to be ignorant of the reality that there is already an economic border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The DUP’s decision to support the UK leaving the European Union was based on principle and practicality. On principle, the DUP had opposed joining in (...)

Vice-chancellor Richard English with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Queen’s University Belfast: “Who do we in Europe speak to when we want to speak to Belfast?” asked the Taoiseach.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s impatience not only with the lackadaisical British approach to the Brexit Border problem but also the political vacuum at the(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she  says Sinn Féin will talk to all comers after an election, but senior party figures believe  Fianna Fáil, for cultural reasons, is the likeliest partner. Photograph Getty Images

If we had a penny for every time a Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil politician alluded to Yeats in the past 18 months, Paschal Donohoe might not have to rumma(...)

John McNamee, dressed as a customs officer, joined other members of Border Communities Against Brexit in setting up a mock customs post near Newry in April. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When Leo Varadkar meets the Democratic Unionist Party today in Belfast he is likely to get a frosty, if polite, reception. Their noses are out of join(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s decision to have a public spat with the British government over Brexit may be understandable but it is not very wise. His pr(...)

Willie O’Dea: he said he was not in favour of going into government with either Fine Gael or Sinn Féin. Photograph: Getty Images

A senior Fianna Fáil TD has said he is against a potential grand coalition between the party and Fine Gael. Limerick city’s Willie O’Dea made his co(...)

 Michael D Higgins and   Leo Varadkar  with  Mr Justice Frank Clarke (L) as he was appointed  Chief Justice of Ireland and President of the Supreme Court. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is waiting to see if President Michael D Higgins renominates himself for the position before thinking about other c(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen, who was conferred an honorary degree by the National University of Ireland, with former taoiseach Bertie Ahern after the conferring ceremony. Photograph: Alan Betson

The founding president of University of Limerick (UL) plans to hand back his honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland (NUI) in prote(...)