Catherine Day, secretary general European Commission, told a media seminar in Dublin that the British were not yet ready to negotiate the UK’s departure from the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Britain’s political negotiators on Brexit are only understanding “very late in the day” how the European Union works, a senior adviser to European Com(...)

Former deputy editor of The Irish Times James “Jim” Downey  at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, in October 2009. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

James Downey had journalism and politics in his blood, but last Wednesday he decided he could wait no longer for a government to be formed, mourners a(...)

Micheál Martin’s chances of getting his nose ahead of Enda Kenny in the run for taoiseach seem slim

Today will be an important, and perhaps decisive, day in the process of forming the next government. Unless things change drastically in the next few(...)