Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: said allowing customs teams in Ireland and the United Kingdom to discuss the effect of a border would send out the wrong signals. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government would be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy by preparing for the imposition of a hard Border, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coven(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin also put the Government ‘on notice’ in regard to the delivery of housing and health. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has urged the Government to talk directly to the British government about the implications of Brexit. Speaking on (...)

The Revenue has said that even in a ‘soft Border’ scenario, certain controls are unavoidable and a number of designated and resourced crossings will be required. Photograph: The Irish Times

Revenue has warned an open Border between the Republic and Northern Ireland is not possible and that eight customs checks and visible border controls (...)

Marguerite Hogg (46), from West Yorkshire, who is applying for an Irish passport following the Brexit vote.

Marguerite Hogg has always had an affinity with Ireland because of her Dublin-born father, and she has felt this more acutely since his death. But he(...)

Simon Scotting with his Irish foreign birth registration document, in London, England.  Photograph: Andrew Wiard

He never contemplated being Irish. Not until Brexit loomed. The vote to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum shocked Simon Scotting. For(...)

Donald Trump speaks about Iran at the White House, on Friday. His speech marks a major shift in US foreign policy towards Iran, and undermines one of the key achievements of President Barack Obama. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

US president Donald Trump has taken the first step towards revoking the Iran nuclear agreement, decertifying the 2015 deal but leaving a final decisio(...)

British chancellor Philip Hammond: “The enemy, the opponents, are out there on the other side of the table. Those are the people that we have to negotiate with to get the very best deal for Britain.”   File photograph: PA Wire

British chancellor Philip Hammond has said he regrets his “poor choice” of words after branding the European Union the “enemy”. Mr Hammond, who has f(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said there had been movement towards agreeing the text of the principle governing the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney stressed inroads had been made on Irish issues on Friday as he moved to play down the lack of progress in B(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: “The world should understand that what is at stake today is nothing less than the future of the European way of life, and of our identity.” Photograph: Gergely Botár/kormany.hu

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has urged other European leaders to join him in helping protect Christians from persecution, even as he rejects(...)

China’s import and export growth accelerated in September, suggesting the world’s second-biggest economy is still expanding at a healthy pace despite (...)