Britain’s Pprime minister Theresa May welcomes Taoiseach Leo Varadkarfor their meeting. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Brexit divorce talks have so far made insufficient progress to allow starting negotiations on a post-withdrawal trade deal, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has(...)

Theresa May’s speech in Florence, her third major set-piece address in Brexit in the past year, was a further step in the British government’s slow journey towards accepting the weakness of its own negotiating position.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In choosing Florence as the setting for a speech designed to break the deadlock in the Brexit talks, Theresa May was presumably invoking the symbolism(...)

Theresa May: expected to signal a concession on the “divorce bill” promising that UK contributions to the EU budget will continue until 2020 at least. Photograph: Caitlin Ochs/Bloomberg

The visit of the European Parliament’s Brexit chief, Guy Verhofstadt, to Dublin on Thursday offered the Dáil and the Government reassurance, as far as(...)

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has accused British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of indulging in “referendum rhetoric” over Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has accused British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of indulging in “referendum rhetoric” over Brexit. Mr Hogan said he e(...)

 Museum manager Niall Bergin looks over the last stages of the installation of new exhibition Hunger Strike: Ireland 1877-1981 at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. The exhibition charts the use of hunger striking in Irish political culture during pivotal moments in our history.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

On Friday, the official State commemoration of the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe takes place in Glasnevin cemetery. Ashe, the Easter Rising (...)

European Parliament Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt: met delegations from the DUP, Sinn Féin, SDLP, UUP and Alliance at Stormont on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt has said it is vital the peace process and the Belfast Agreement are further secured, during his(...)

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson recently published his personal blueprint for Brexit. Photograph: Arno Mikkor /AP

Boris Johnson has been “behaving strangely” since he published his personal blueprint for Brexit and is clearly “out of the loop” in relation to withd(...)

 Rev Norman Hamilton: “There is deep disillusionment with the vanishing hope devolution produced.” File photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

With a question mark still hanging over the restoration of the powersharing Executive in Northern Ireland and an end to a unionist majority in the rec(...)

DUP position: Arlene Foster with Nigel Dodds and Simon Hamilton at Stormont this month. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, has said the Northern Ireland Secretary’s threat to cut MLA salaries was not an incentive (...)

PSNI officers will not receive a pay increase this month because there are no Stormont government ministers in place to sign off on any deal.  File photograph: Getty Images

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI) has called on Northern Secretary James Brokenshire to take action to deliver a pay award to thousand(...)