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(...)

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney welcomes Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire to a meeting at The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin for talks on Northern Ireland and   Brexit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Irish and British governments will meet the Northern parties in Belfast next week in the latest bid to relaunch the power-sharing institutions in (...)

Brexit will shape Ireland’s future as much as the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921,  MEP Mairead McGuinness told the 95th annual Beal na Blath commemoration in West Cork.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The forthcoming treaty between Britain and the European Union will shape Ireland’s future as much as the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, MEP Mairead McGu(...)

Brexit secretary David Davis said once Britain gets a  comprehensive free trade agreement ‘solutions in Northern Ireland are easier to deliver’. Photograph: Reuters

David Davis has said early discussions of the future trading relationship between Britain and the EU would help progress on the Irish Border, a key is(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  Justin Trudeau go for a jog through Phoenix Park during a visit to Ireland earlier this year by the Canadian prime minister.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar inspect how customs checks operate between the US and Canada as part of a visit to the country which began this morning. A Go(...)

An art installation called ‘Soften the Border’ by artist Rita Duffy on the Border between Belcoo in Co Fermanagh and Blacklion in Co Cavan. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Speculation began to mount early this week on what we could expect from the British government when it released its first position paper on the custom(...)

 Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis and European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The Irish Border is now a British bargaining chip in the Brexit talks. Britain is using the political desire to avoid a “hard Border” on the island to(...)

One of the British government’s Brexit position papers  published in London this week. Photograph: Getty Images

The papers published this week by the British government went some way towards exposing the absurdity at the heart of its position on Brexit negotiati(...)

Cars cross the controless border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, in Donegal, Ireland on June 25, 2016. PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Sweet nothings are lovely while they’re being whispered in your ear. The problem is that a sweet nothing is still nothing. The British government’s lo(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the unveiling of the Public Services Card last year. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The UK government’s position paper on Brexit and the Border points to an identity card system, and recalls the intriguing fact that Britain and Irelan(...)