British prime minister Boris Johnson: he is hoping that in a general election his simple, clear Brexit message will win through in a fractured political landscape. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

The prime minister is not talking to Dublin, he is not talking to Brussels. He is talking to the British electorate

Leo Varadkar at the MacGill summer school where he predicted a no-deal Brexit would prompt more liberal unionists and nationalists in the North to consider joining a united Ireland. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

DUP describes as ‘unhelpful’ and ‘aggressive’ Taoiseach’s comments on stability of union

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, with the summer school’s director, Joe Mulholland. Photograph: North West Newspix

Varadkar says he hopes Central Bank will look at moves to help people escape ‘rent trap’

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi: “We made it clear . . . there should be no return to a hard border on the island.” Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

US congress ‘will not endorse trade deal’ with Britain if peace agreement is weakened

Leo Varadkar: hopes Mr Johnson ‘proves to be true to his word as’ Theresa May was. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Taoiseach expresses desire to meet new PM soon and reiterates position on backstop

 Adare Manor and golf course.  Junior Sports Minister Brendan Griffin praised the “huge work and dedication” of JP McManus for bringing the event to the Limerick venue. Photograph: PA Wire

Varadkar stresses the tourism and economic benefits the massive golfing event will bring when it takes place in Adare Manor in Co (...)

New prime minister Boris Johnson speaks to media outside Number 10, Downing Street on July 24th. Photograph:  Leon Neal/Getty

Varadkar quick to dismiss Johnson’s request for new Brexit deal as ‘not going to happen’

If Boris Johnson continues with the campaign rhetoric, we will be on course for a no-deal. Photograph: EPA/Neil Hall

Will Boris the prime minister strike a different note from Boris the candidate?

Boris Johnson is due to become the British prime minister on Wednesday afternoon after Theresa May submits her resignation to Queen Elizabeth. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

Johnson as prime minister ‘raises enormous fears’ for Anglo-Irish relations – Martin

Boris Johnson is expected to win the Conservative Party leadership on Tuesday and take over from Theresa May as prime minister on Wednesday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Tánaiste plays down Varadkar’s suggestion backstop could apply to North only

Which Boris Johnson  will we get  in August – the bullish Brexiteer or the pragmatic centrist? Photograph:  Reuters/Simon Dawson

It would be in Johnson’s interest to try to tweak the backstop, exit the EU and call an election

Boris Johnson has hardened his rhetoric against the backstop. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Politician has argued managing Border would be no harder than handling London congestion charge

Boris Johnson: For a politician about to reach the high office –  nobody appears to trust a word he says. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Johnson’s personal and political unpredictability makes upcoming premiership very uncertain

Tánaiste  Simon Coveney: “There are other things that can change and be adapted, particularly the future relationship document but the withdrawal agreement is not up for renegotiation.”   Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Tánaiste stresses withdrawal agreement ‘not up for renegotiation’

Minister for Health Simon Harris, right, with HSE chief executive  Paul Reid and Sláintecare executive director Laura Magahy, at  Wednesday’s announcement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The dismantling of the bureaucratic apparatus will call for redundancies in management

Day-to-day spending in health is running €519 million or 6.8 per cent higher than in the same period in 2018. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Content of Budget 2020 will stay the same regardless of Brexit outcome, says report

 Following the three-day strike by nurses and midwives, the Government agreed in February to a package of proposals brokered at the Labour Court, including a new, enhanced contract for nurses. File photograph: Alan Betson

Ministers accept it will be impossible to avoid another bailout for health service

 Eamon Ryan of the Green Party: In the days after the local elections, he met  the newly elected councillors and urged them to make agreements to wield power on local authorities and ensure they adopted more environmentally sound policies. Photograph: James Forde

Public concern about climate change turbo-charged the Greens politically

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: checks on live animals and products could be carried out at ports in Northern Ireland and the Republic if the British government and the EU agreed to treat the island of Ireland as a single zone. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

New British PM, be it Johnson or Hunt, will have ‘reality check’ on taking office

Farmers wellies in a pile at the gates of Leinster House during a demonstration   in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil backs Sinn Féin motion rejecting agreement as a ‘bad deal for Ireland and the planet’

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Inside Politics: Last sitting of summer term until House rises at 2pm on September 17th

Fresh report from Northern Ireland civil service warns that at least 40,000 jobs would be lost if UK crashes out without  deal.

Minister for Foreign Affairs tells private gathering duo ‘should know better’ – sources

Tánaiste Simon Coveney with Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee: Mr Coveney promises there will be no infrastructure on the Border. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Coveney refers to non-Border ‘action’ on goods from North as pessimism grows

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee at Government Buildings, Dublin, on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tuesday’s planning document is one of the most alarming ever published

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney: a crash-out Brexit ‘would involve additional costs for and disruption to businesses throughout the island, particularly those in Northern Ireland.’ Photograph: PA

Crash-out would see firms close and jobs lost in agri-food, fisheries and tourism sectors

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney appealed for politicians on all sides to work together  on Brexit.

Tánaiste issues stark warning to businesses and says political structures will be strained

The Government has nominated Phil Hogan, Ireland’s EU commissioner, for a second term in Brussels. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Hogan has been tipped for a heavyweight post in the new commission

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney:  Mr Coveney is set to tell Ministers  a no-deal Brexit  is more likely now than at any time to date. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA

Coveney to present contingency, ports and communication plan memos to Ministers

Doing business with the UK will not just be more difficult for businesses - it will be more difficult for consumers, too

From wages to roaming charges, a no-deal will involve very significant disruption

Simon Coveney

Tánaiste to brief Cabinet on contingency plans as no-deal now seen as likely outcome

Micheál Martin: those who watch his and Varadkar’s  exchanges in the Dáil cannot  mistake the deterioration in their relations  since last year

Pat Leahy: sometimes the Taoiseach doesn’t work hard enough at being the Taoiseach

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe announced an increase in the military service allowance paid to virtually all members of the Defence Forces of 10 per cent. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Teachers seeking reversal of cuts made to their allowances on foot of deal with military

 European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan says the Mercosur countries have committed to implement the Paris global warning agreement. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

European commissioner’s position questioned amid row over Irish beef industry

Pay review in store for Defence Forces. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Politics digest: Boris Johnson – a modern day Sir Roderick Spode, leader of the black shorts

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Parties continue efforts as minister says Westminster may reform North’s abortion law

Michael Creed has vowed to ‘thwart’ the EU’s Mercosur deal. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture has vowed to ‘dismantle’ EU-Mercosur agreement

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the  European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/EPA

Recent indecision demonstrates shifting sands of power on European Council

Ursula von der Leyen: was once considered a potential reserve chancellor. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Germany’s defence minister advanced as next European Commission president.

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy speaks at the first meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Matt Carthy highlights exclusion of pro-independence Catalonia MEPs from the sitting

The European flag lies on a chair during the preparation for the election of the speaker of Parliament at the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Inside Politics: EU leaders gather again in Brussels to seek if they can agree a slate of appointments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives on Sunday for a European Council summit on filling the top EU institution jobs, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

EU Council meeting to extend into unprecedented third day after efforts to broker deal

Leo Varadkar’s name would not have been publicly floated for top EU post without his tacit consent. File photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

Taoiseach’s exit for Europe would likely spark election and be crushing blow for party

France’s President Emmanuel Macron during the summit in  Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Oliver Hoslet/EPA

Macron says there were ‘too many hidden agendas’

“We’re not out to coerce people, Leo Varadkar says. But if the climate crisis is as serious as he says it is, why not?” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Good intentions in relation to key areas such as housing are no substitute for decisions

French president Emmanuel Macron: his influence in Europe is growing as Angela Merkel’s slips away. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard

Summit Diary: Juncker notes wryly it appears he’s not that easy to replace

Taisoeach Leo Varadkar holds a news conference at the end of a European Council summit in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Taoiseach raises prospect of new discussions but rules out tampering with backstop

Dublin Airport. The loan will be used to upgrade  baggage screening, extra check-in kiosks, an upgrade for the two existing runways and the conversion of the airport’s vehicle fleet to be entirely electric

Varadkar says he will also use visit to EIB to discuss ‘future loan opportunities for housing projects and the national broadband (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks with European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier prior to a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/EPA

Bloc insists there will be no changes to the backstop amid European Summit in Brussels

European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shake hands prior to the European Union leaders summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Reuters

There is ‘enormous hostility’ among EU leaders to extension of Brexit deadline

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier talk prior to the European Union leaders summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

Few things interest politicians more than jobs for politicians but is that all this is about?

The main  disagreement on filling  senior European Commission posts is between France and Germany over the presidency of the commission.  Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Reuters

Varadkar to be in discussions on EU’s strategic agenda for the next five years

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  indicated the appeal  was to obtain clarity on the legal position after the judgment by Mr Justice Kevin Cross caused widespread alarm among doctors.  Photograph: Fran Veale

Varadkar says appeal against High Court judgment is to obtain clarity

 Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe said  he would decide before October 8th which scenario was more likely, and frame his budget accordingly. Photograph:  EPA/Julien Warnand

Minister for Finance to set out two scenarios in summer economic statement next week

Political insiders wonder if the electorate’s concern for climate change extends to changing their own habits or accepting new costs.

Optimism is all very well but a green plan which penalises nobody will achieve nothing

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: he must contend with a stronger opponent as the clock ticks towards byelections that will mean the end of his flimsy Dáil majority. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach must regain initiative as he tackles Brexit, public pay, and end of Government

Sources say the report contains a detailed roadmap for removing private patients from public hospitals. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Publication of report on implementing the Sláintecare plan has been shelved until autumn

Transition to a better designed and more efficient health service will take time and effort, patience and political will

Inside Politics: Latest revelations feed into erosion of Fine Gael claim to fiscal responsibility

The writs for the polls needed to fill the vacancies created by the election of TDs Frances Fitzgerald, Billy Kelleher, Mick Wallace and Clare Daly to the European Parliament must be moved by January 2nd. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Voting to fill vacancies left by TDs elected to Europe may be moved forward

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who warns it would be a ‘terrible political miscalculation’ for anyone in London to think they will automatically get a better Brexit deal after Westminster’s failure to ratify the withdrawal agreement. File photograph: John Thys/Reuters

Expert report expresses North’s concerns over impact of EU tariffs on food exports to Republic

Prof Seamus Coffey, chair of the Fiscal Advisory Council: not the most popular person around Government Buildings these days.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Government rattled by criticism of reckless spending, but shouldn’t shoot the messenger

Rockall: there is a serious dispute, and there is a possibility of flashpoints on the high seas. Photograph: Irish Naval Service

UK has always claimed sovereignty over islet, but claim is disputed by Ireland

There are fears in Government that a soon to be announced package of pay improvements for the Defence Forces will not meet the expectations. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Proposed package arising from pay commission report to go to Cabinet in near future

Rockall, the tiny disputed island some 400km off the Co Donegal coast.

Scotland believes fishing by Irish boats within a 22km zone around Rockall illegal

Scottish fisheries minister Fergus Ewing has said his government’s fisheries patrols would “invite” Irish fishing boats to “cease and desist” from what he said was “illegal” fishing around Rockall.

Fergus Ewing says patrols will invite vessels to ‘cease and desist’ from ‘illegal’ fishing

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar: The disconnect in the public mind between Fine Gael’s economic performance and the Government’s management of it is the missing link.  Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Voters do not believe Varadkar’s party is central to continued economic recovery

File photograph of Irish Naval Vessel L.É. Róisín on a routine maritime security operations patrol off Rockall. Photograph:Defence Forces

Scottish minister in letter to Government says that it will deploy vessels to protect rights

 Lynn Boylan  (right) with Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald during the Dublin  count at the RDS following  the European elections.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Lynn Boylan urges party discussion on question of entering government

US troops at Shannon Airport call home shortly after arriving in 2006. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Ross permitted more than 1,000 military overflights and landings in 2018

US troops at Shannon Airport in 2006. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Some 25 flights carrying explosives from US to Afghanistan went through State since 2014

Gabriel Makhlouf is facing an inquiry during his final weeks as a senior official in the New Zealand finance ministry. Photograph: Bloomberg.

Gabriel Makhlouf facing an inquiry during last weeks in New Zealand finance ministry

Gabriel Makhlouf ‘believes that at all times he acted in good faith’. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg via Getty

Gabriel Makhlouf accused of misleading New Zealand authorities

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Frances Fitzgerald and Alan Farrell at  a Dublin count centre. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

A snap election is now unlikely, and other things we learnt from the votes

Fianna Fáil’s  Barry Andrews speaking to media during the European count in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Ireland’s two extra MEPs will have to wait until Britain leaves EU

 Labour Party leader  Jeremy Corbyn is welcomed to  Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin by  President Michael D Higgins.

UK opposition leader earlier met President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin

Fine Gael MEP candidate Sean Kelly has been elected and Independents4Change candidate Mick Wallace is almost certainly home. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Angela Kerins wins her case in the Supreme Court against the PAC

Angela Kerins was the subject of an in-depth inquiry by the PAC in 2014 about the finances of Rehab, including her own remuneration. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Working group to report in autumn in wake of Supreme Court ruling

Jeremy Corbyn visits Ictu. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Labour leader says change of commission could open up possibilities for new deal

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe conceded that the cost of the broadband plan would affect the Government’s net fiscal position in the future. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Paschal Donohoe says any cheaper option would not bring plan to all rural households

Manfred Weber: Irish sources suggest French president Emmanuel Macron’s opposition will block his attempt to become the next European Commission president. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

‘The process is just beginning tonight. Nobody will get any job this evening’

Green Party candidate Ciarán Cuffe topped the poll in  the Dublin European constituency. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Green Party can improve on European and local election results

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: set for Government’s support in part because he has “done right by Ireland” during the Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Costas Baltas

EU leaders to meet in Brussels to discuss who should fill key EU roles

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House during her visit to Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

SNP takes three of six EU seats, as leader says Brexit could hasten independence

 A number of  newly elected Green Party councillors from the Dublin local authorities with party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil will strengthen its position as the largest party of local government

 Hazel Chu, Green Party candidate for Pembroke with her mother Stella Choi,and her daughter Alex at the Dublin count centre in the RDS Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Climate change is of clear concern and Fianna Fáil should feel encouraged by results

Eamon Ryan at the local and European election count in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph:  Collins

Taoiseach says FG under-performed against expectations in local elections

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: there is “no need for an election” if the Government can continue to get its agenda through the Oireachtas. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Green leader Eamon Ryan to work with all parties on climate-friendly goals and policies

Sinn Féin leader  Mary Lou McDonald at the count centre in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some hard thinking and hard choices await Mary Lou McDonald

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan speaks to the media as  counting begins in the Local and European Elections and divorce referendum at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: PA

Analysis: FG and FF have been spinning furiously but there’s no spinning out of this

Sorting votes at the Dublin count centre for European election at the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar refuses to rule out early general election while Green wave sweeps through locals

The ballot boxes will be opened at 9am on Saturday but results of the local and European elections may not be known until early next week. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Keep up to speed with our ultimate guide to the European, local and referendum votes

In an advertisement in the Mayo News, Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring is depicted driving a truck whose cargo is Fine Gael local election candidates and bags of money.

Pressure on Government to make unwise budgetary decisions will be unrelenting

Green Party candidate Ciarán Cuffe canvasses for the European elections on Baggot Street Bridge, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unprecedented backing puts Greens in line to secure seats in all European constituencies

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (right) said the EU position on Brexit would not change with a new prime minister, suggesting that the stated aim of Boris Johnson (left), to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement would put him on a collision course with the EU. File photograph: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images.

Officials believe a new PM determined to deliver no-deal exit would be difficult to stop

A dog named Lucky waits for its owner to cast their vote in the polling station on Inishbofin on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Polls opened at 7am for local and European elections and divorce referendum

Presiding officer Carmel McBride and Garda Adrian McGettigan carry a ballot box from the polling station on the island of Inishbofin, Co Donegal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Big parties seeking to manage expectations of their results as turnout expected to be low

Most officials and political sources in Dublin expect Boris Johnson to win any Tory leadership race if Theresa May stands aside. Photograph: Gareth Harmer/National Lottery Community Fund/PA Wire.

Mood darkening in Dublin with Johnson considered likely to succeed May

It has emerged that the costs of the National Broadband Plan will stay on the State balance sheet

Sinn Féin TD accuses Government of ‘giving with one hand and taking with the other’

The full cost of the National Broadband Plan will be included on the State’s balance sheet. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Government accused of ‘privatising profits and socialising costs’ of public infrastructure

‘Grace’ was sent to a foster home in the southeast when she was a child and remained there for 20 years, despite concerns being raised on a number of occasions about her welfare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Investigation into foster care of intellectually disabled woman granted second extension

Weekend polls brought mixed news for all parties and candidates. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Inside Politics: Cabinet will discuss Brexit in Dublin today as Theresa May presents new plan in Westminster

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