EU officials are saying privately that the British government has yet to engage seriously on the detail of the separation agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

The latest round of Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU begins on Monday, with officials from the two sides due to discuss the implications (...)

Sinn Féin’s  David Cullinane favours coalition. Party  leader Gerry Adams and deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald have  signalled that the party’s stance on coalition could change. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin frontbencher David Cullinane has signalled he favours entering coalition as a junior partner after the next election if the party can get th(...)

Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire,  in Dublin. Photograph:   Julien Behal

The Government has dismissed British proposals to avoid a customs border on the island of Ireland after the UK leaves the European Union. Taoiseach L(...)

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Montreal, Canada. Photograph:   Reuters/ Christinne Muschi

The pledge by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to double Ireland’s “global footprint”, was first made by him during the Fine Gael leadership campaign. Mr Varad(...)

 Sarah Jane Hennelly: “If I had a vote for every time people told me they were let down by Labour I’d be elected for sure”

The Social Democrats have rebuffed what they say are constant suggestions from senior Labour Party figures of a merger between the two parties. Party(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

This week marks the end of an eventful political term, with the Cabinet holding its last meeting until after the August break on Wednesday. Most poli(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: believes public and political debate is riven by misconceptions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At the end of The Candidate, the 1972 Oscar-winning film about a no-hoper candidate for the US senate who pulls off a famous victory, there is a momen(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said there was a political border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, but not an economic one. Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has signalled the most significant differences yet with the British government on Brexit, saying on Friday that Ireland was “no(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams meets then US president Bill Clinton in the in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on St Patrick’s Day, 2000. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

Transcripts released by the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas to The Irish Times present a fascinating insight into the role played by Bill Cli(...)

‘Asked about a newspaper story that reported tensions between the British and Irish governments, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar let rip.’ Photograph: Collins

The Twitter bio of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says, among other things, that he “has been known to talk too much”. It’s one of the reasons why he has bee(...)