Ibrahim Halawa’s sisters Nosayba, Somaia, Omaima, Fatima and Khadija with their children Aisha, Sundus and Hamza protesting along with members of Amnesty International outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin on August 17th to mark the fourth anniversary of his arrest. Photograph: Alan Betson

The family of Ibrahim Halawa have expressed concern over the latest delay in concluding the trial of the young Irish man and the effects this is havin(...)

British ambassador to Ireland Lord Rugby, Irish president Seán T Kelly, British prime minister Clement Atlee and presidential secretary Michael McDunphy in 1948

Over the last year new attention has focused on the idea of Irish unity. Sinn Féin has called for a Border poll, reunification has become a subject of(...)

Minister of State for the Diaspora Ciarán Cannon said the Government was committed to facilitate Irish people living abroad who wish to return to live in Ireland.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

A US-based advocate for Irish emigrants has said a newly commissioned study on obstacles facing those who wish to return to Ireland should take into a(...)

‘Many view the aspiration to Irish unity as legitimate, but it can also be seen as political harassment.’

Almost every week another article appears on Irish unity as writers sense that Brexit has made unity more attainable. Many view the aspiration to Iris(...)

EU officials have warned the Irish Government that the British may seek to use the Border issue to open talks on the future trading relationship between the EU and the UK.

British proposals to ensure an invisible Border after Brexit will not be discussed next week when the latest round of negotiations between the EU and (...)

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 (...)

The British position is that nothing will change on the day of Brexit: the Border, from their perspective, will remain exactly as it is today. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit occasionally elicits light-hearted moments: one such is recent speculation that the British negotiating stance is too chaotic, too inept, to be(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi: he  may signal when its bond-buying programme will end in Frankfurt in October.  Photograph: David Sleator

History tells us two things about currency forecasts: most tend to point in the same direction, and nearly all are wrong. At the start of the year the(...)

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(...)