The European Commission document on Brexit and Ireland needs first to be seen in a political context. It is clear that there is still uncertainty and (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe plan to execute an early repayment of the remaining €4.5bn owed to the IMF. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Government has averted a €200 million penalty by deciding not to repay its UK bailout loans early, as it moves ahead with plans to refinance its r(...)

Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin and the DUP moved closer to re-establishing the Northern Executive on Wednesday night, after pressure from the Irish and British government(...)

A Union Jack and an EU flag fly outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The European Commission will place the responsibility for avoiding a hard Border squarely on the shoulders of the UK when it publishes a long-awaited (...)

‘Irish legislators need to recognise that an integral part of citizenship is the right to vote and have representation in their home country.’ 
Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

As an Irish citizen living in London I was pleased that the British Labour Party changed its policy on Brexit, to support the UK staying in the EU cus(...)

A lower-than-expected tax take for the first eight months of this year means Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has even less  room for manoeuvre when it comes to framing Budget 2018. Photograph: Getty Images

The latest exchequer numbers don’t really change the dynamic as we head towards October’s budget. For some time now we’ve known that the carry-over (...)

The latest figures show the Government collected just under €30.5 billion in taxes for the period, which was €209 million less than it expected at the start of the year.  File photograph: Getty Images

Exchequer returns for the first eight months of the year suggest the scope for spending increases and tax cuts in October’s budget remains extremely l(...)

A Government proposal to taper the PAYE credit would create an effective marginal tax rate of 64.1 per cent on income of between €100,000 and €120,000(...)

 Delia Close, former Assembly members June Morrice and Monica McWilliams, Baroness May Blood  Pearl Sagar, who was one of the negotiators during the peace talks, who were involved in the  Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition in the 1990s. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The role of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition (NIWC) in helping to bring peace to the region in the late 1990s is being explored in a new BBC do(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary James Brokenshire are to meet to five main parties in the North next week. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said DUP leader Arlene Foster made a “real effort” with her recent comments on the Irish language. His(...)