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(...)

‘There is a lot of fear. People don’t know what is going on,’ said Misty Barker

Irish citizens in Barcelona described a tense atmosphere in the city on Thursday night with residents told to remain inside amid concerns over the whe(...)

Three of Ibrahim Halawa’s five sisters Nosayba, and Omaima, Fatima with their children Aisha, Sundus and Hamza protesting along with members of Amnesty International outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin to mark the fourth anniversary of his arrest. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The continued detention of Dublin man Ibrahim Halawa in a Cairo prison was marked with a demonstration in Dublin as he completed his fourth year in ja(...)

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(...)

John McNamee, dressed as a customs worker, during a demonstration by members of Border Communities against Brexit at Carrickarnon, Co Louth, earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish politicians need to get over the fantasy that the return of a land Border on this island can somehow be avoided after Brexit. The soft words in(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney speaks to the media, at Iveagh House in Dublin, in response to Brexit proposals.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said significant questions on maintaining an “invisible” border after Brexit remained unanswered follow(...)