John Lynch, skipper of the fishing vessel Eblana: “Fish don’t do borders. They have tails; they move.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sea frontiers are easily enforced; trawlers must stay within them even if the catch does not

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, who is managing the State’s response to Brexit. A spokesman for Mr Coveney says further no-deal contingency plans will be published in due course by the Government and the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Business groups including Ibec want detailed plans in light of UK political turmoil

INM’s chief executive, Michael Doorly, promised staff it will revive an “editorial systems committee” as it looks to allay concerns over the security of the emails and other data of journalists.

CEO tells staff company will facilitate audit of its computer systems

Former UK prime minister Sir John Major is pictured speaking at event in Duiblin’s Westin Hotel to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Downing Street Declaration. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

‘Whether you are a Remainer or Leaver, no one can welcome chaos’, ex-PM says

Former Sunday Independent editor Anne Harris says she was told by INM management that her emails were accessed in 2013 as part of an investigation into a leak. Photograph: Alan Betson

Helen Dixon looking into ‘a number of’ disclosures into company in ‘evolving picture’

A large mural depicting the EU flag being chipped away and attributed to the artist Banksy is seen at the Port of Dover. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Businesses to press Government to disclose no-deal plans if Brexit deal is voted down

Ukip and pro-Brexit supporters in London, Britain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

What are they thinking? When it comes to Brexit, the answer has several layers

Ireland’s EU commissioner Phil Hogan has said the risk of a disorderly Brexit means new investment in major energy and other infrastructural projects thought to be ‘down the line’ may have to be accelerated. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘Infrastructure requirements arising from a hard Brexit are now real’

Tory MP Priti Patel’s food shortage comments were criticised by EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan.

Exploiting shortages for political gain will ensure ‘starvation of British people’, Hogan says

 President Michael D Higgins, receives the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Labour’s Sadiq Khan on Dublin visit tells Theresa May to halt Brexit if deal is rejected

“Divorce is regarded as a normal part of the wear and tear of life.” Photograph: iStock

Government wants to reduce four-year wait for divorce to two years in referendum

“You are effectively in a position where you can’t move on with your life.” Photograph: iStock

Two people describe the ‘cruelty’ of an adversarial process that left them in limbo

John West, former Ireland rugby international Trevor Ringland and John McNally in Holywood. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

On NI’s ‘gold coast’, liberal unionists grapple with a Brexit-induced redrawing of identities

 Students of the Methodist College Belfast  (from left) Joni Mcilroy, Jonathan Mearns, Izaak Carnduff, Hala Heenan, Adam Flanagan, Jake Lowry and Shannon McKeown. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Final-year students at Methodist College in Belfast on what Brexit means for them

The inquiries were ordered last year, by  then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald, to consider allegations of Garda failings or misconduct in the investigations of the two men. Photograph: Frank Miller

Reports published into 2008 Dublin docks drowning and 1988 Co Offaly hit-and-run

Fernando Nuno La Fuente said he found it “funny” to see his own death reported “because, basically, I’m not dead”.

League censures team for bringing game into disrepute over fake claim about Spaniard

Fernando Nuno La Fuente: Spaniard who Ballybrack FC reported ‘dead’ is alive and well and living in Galway

FAI expected to issue statement on possible punishment for Ballybrack FC

Migrant businesswomen: Lidiane Martins, The Alternut Food Co; Ana Tereza Rodrigues, ‘So You Cake Toppers’; Mariana Cruz, Mariana’s Cakes; Sancha Moran, Sancha’s Parties; Gabriela Szeplaki and Ling Lee, The Alternut Food Co. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Graduates of DCU’s first migrant course for women show off skills with new businesses

Prof George Huxley: “There is a curious madness about [Brexit] which is very, very alarming”

Professor George L Huxley (86) has just become the oldest new citizen of Ireland

Former US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley was critical of President Trump’s performance in office.

Kevin O’Malley condemns ‘schoolyard bully’ president in hard-hitting Dublin speech

Norway has large fishing and agricultural industries and forms its own policy over these sectors by remaining outside the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy or Common Agricultural Policy. File photograph: iStock

Norway model was previously ruled out because it did not tick Theresa May’s boxes for the kind of Brexit she wants

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar discusses the outcome of the EU Council summit meeting in Brussels. “Any other deal really only exists in people’s imaginations.” Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Taoiseach says he understands DUP’s position but deal respects Belfast Agreement

Conservative MP Boris Johnson and DUP leader Arlene Foster  at the DUP annual conference  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/ Getty Images

DUP grassroots members dig their heels in when opposing Brexit deal

More than half of all Irish beef is exported to the UK at present. Photograph: Getty Images

Expert says it is up to London and Brussels to protect their own markets in no deal Brexit scenario

Boris Johnson speaking at the DUP annual conference  in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA

Ex-foreign secretary tells DUP conference North would be ‘economic semi-colony of EU’

  Jeffrey Donaldson  rejected any suggestion that technological solutions might not work and said they should be explored and tested to dispense with the “backstop” that his party strongly opposes. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

DUP MP: Brussels and Dublin must do more to ‘explore’ alternatives to avoid hard border

 Michael Sheary from the Irish Ports Association with Elisabeth Borne, French Minister for Transport and Meriadec Le Mouillour from the Union Des ports Francais at the signing of a memorandum of Agreement at Dublin Port. Photograph: Alan Betson

French transport minister says plans in place to segregate Irish freight traffic from UK freight arriving after Brexit

Theresa May told the House of Commons that preparatory work on alternative arrangements to avoid implementing a border backstop would begin before Britain leaves the EU. Photograph: Will Oliver/Bloomberg

Dublin willing to consider ‘sensible and realistic’ solutions proven effective

Business leaders from the North at Downing Street for a meeting with UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Seamus Leheny

UK leader invites Northern Irish businesses to 10 Downing Street to sell draft Brexit deal

 Port officers inspect vehicles at a harbour checkpoint in Larne, Co Antrim. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Political declaration makes specific mention of protecting Dublin-Belfast train

British prime minister Theresa May will host Northern Irish businesspeople at 10 Downing Street today. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Meeting set to increase tension between DUP and Northern Ireland business community

The UK accounts for just over one-third of all Irish food exports – €4.4 billion worth in 2017 – with about half of all beef and cheddar cheese produced in Ireland sold in the British market. Photograph: David Sleator

Bord Bia outlines to Oireachtas committee scale of likely pricing and supply problems

Bombardier factory in Belfast: Canadian aerospace giant which employs more than 4,000 people in the city says the UK’s draft withdrawal agreement is an “important step forward”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Industry giants say draft withdrawal agreement ‘better than crashing out’ of EU

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said the Taoiseach claimed at his party’s ardfheis he would deliver five years of tax cuts but he never said that tens of thousands of low paid workers would lose their entitlement to flat rate expenses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mary Lou McDonald says Government cutting expenses worth €100 a year to workers

Driver John Carroll gets ready to  leave  Dublin for  Germany.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Simon Carswell takes a six-country delivery trip with a trucker to assess the road ahead

Some 23 Conservative MPs have publicly said they submitted letters of no confidence in Mrs May. This is still short of the required 48 to trigger a no-confidence vote, although leading pro-Brexit campaigner Steve Baker said the party was “pretty close” to reaching that number

Prime minister gets boost after pro-Brexit minister Michael Gove decided not to resign, and trade secretary Liam Fox backed her

Simon Coveney, Leo Varadkar and Helen McEntee, on Wednesday. The three are believed to be among about a dozen people at the Tuesday night briefing in the Taoiseach’s meeting room. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Inside Dublin’s Brexit lockdown where Government secrecy reached new levels this week

Leo Varadkar: “If you start trying to amend it or unpick it you might find that the whole thing starts to unravel.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Very difficult’ to avoid hard border if no withdrawal agreement in place, says Taoiseach

British prime minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, on the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Proposed EU-UK withdrawal agreement also addresses future of Common Travel Area

UK prime minister Theresa May announced, after a marathon meeting, that her cabinet had approved the proposed Brexit divorce deal. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Simon Carswell on backstops, resignations, concessions, divorce deals and where it all goes next

The Common Travel Area is based on a collection of legal provisions rather than on an international treaty or concrete agreement. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The arrangement permits travel and other benefits between Britain and Ireland

Twenty recommendations are made in the report to ensure the smoother operation of the Common Travel Area. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Study undermines arguments made by UK government and prominent pro-Brexiteers

British prime minister Theresa May speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the Guildhall in London on Monday night.  “The negotiations for our departure are now in the endgame,” she said. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Theresa May says speculation about an imminent breakthrough in talks is premature

Human rights campaigner Bernadette McAliskey at the We Shall Overcome seminar in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Veteran activist Bernadette McAliskey says migrants in panic and fear over where they will stand post-Brexit

Homelessness campaigner Peter McVerry, human rights campaigner Michael Farrell and migrant rights campaigner Bernadette McAliskey at the We Shall Overcome seminar in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seminar to mark 50th anniversary of civil rights movement hears that key socio-economic and political issues still the same

Minister of State Michael D’Arcy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

D’Arcy says high cost of insurance due to large court payouts is ‘huge societal issue’

Jeffrey Sachs describes Donald Trump as a “nasty man” and “narcissistic, sadistic, impulsive”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leading US economist also supports digital tax on global technology companies

About 150,000 Irish lorries, higher goods vehicles (HGVs) and other vehicles use the landbridge every year.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Report: economy ‘significantly reliant’ on critical route and would be hit by any deterioration in transit times and increased cos(...)

Former US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power in Dublin. “Suddenly, the electoral map and the prospects of Democrats competing in districts that had been written off has expanded dramatically.” Photograph: Donall Farmer

Samantha Power says Democrats gaining control of seven state legislatures and seven governorships ‘huge’

Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt: deal may be agreed within three weeks but signing it off within the next week is “probably pushing it”. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP

Coveney warns agreement within UK cabinet not same as overall member state approval

Canadian ambassador to the EU Dan Costello: “We all have to be concerned about some of the sentiment out there about building walls rather than bridges.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tánaiste Simon Coveney a speaker at Ireland Canada Business Association conference

Neither party to the Brexit negotiations wants to see the return of a hard border but they cannot agree a plan on how to achieve this. File photograph: PA Wire

Simon Carswell answers the tricky questions

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, says ‘intensive efforts are continuing’. Photograph:Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo/Reuters

‘Breakthrough is not necessarily to be taken for granted, not by a long shot,’ Tánaiste says

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finnish prime minister Juha Sipila in Helsinki, Finland, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Mauri Ratilainen/EPA

Doctors say problem lies in reduced services across wider health service during peak time

Paddy McKillen and  Tony Leonard argued in a US court action that the Maple 10 loans, aimed at propping up Anglo’s share price in the 2008 deepening financial crisis, were “illegal” when made. Photograph: Frank Miller

Judge rules IBRC liquidators would be ‘severely prejudiced’ if he permitted case

Allergan chief executive Brent Saunders: “We are an Irish company. It’s part of who we are. Ireland is in Allergan’s DNA.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pharma giant’s Irish experience ‘fantastic’, says chief executive Brent Saunders

Pope Francis:  organisers of the World Meeting of Families have removed his inclusive language on the family and LGBTI+ pictures from their pamphlets, and deleted references to gay families by a bishop in the catechesis. Photograph: Angelo Carconi

Minister objected to Catholic families event getting cash after removal of LGBT material

Elizabeth O’Kelly: “She was very quiet . . . She would have reminded you of Miss Marple.” Photograph: Alf Harvey

Laois multimillionaire (92) would be ‘horrified’ at her €30m donation becoming public

US president Donald Trump embraces Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the White House on March 15th, 2018.  Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

One correspondent emailed: ‘For all that is holy, please do not let Trump into Ireland’

Schoolgirls on Brexit: (back row) Mary Gallagher, Ciara McBride, Kayleigh Shields and Caitlin Patton; (front row) Cara Crummie and Aimee-Lee Caraher

St Patrick’s pupils in Crossmaglen, on the Border, explain Brexit to The Irish Times

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ workshop at the  Convention Centre in  Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Behal.

Taoiseach addresses Brexit issues as talks on future of ‘confidence and supply deal’ begin

 The watchdog’s 48-page report lays out starkly how unprepared UK government and state agencies are to cope with the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

British watchdog says lack of preparedness could ‘create security weaknesses’

British prime minister Theresa May said an option to extend the post-Brexit transition period beyond December 2020 was one  alternative to the backstop.  Photograph:   PA Wire

Brexit withdrawal text must include Northern Ireland backstop, say EU negotiators

 David McCourt, the  businessman behind US investment firm Granahan McCourt. The Department of Finance referred the State-owned Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to Mr McCourt.

Businessman’s meetings with Denis Naughten lead to the minister’s resignation

Simon Coveney: “There will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop, end of story.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste alludes to no deal after Brexit secretary Raab suggests backstop ‘alternative’

Protesters participate in an anti-Brexit demonstration at City Hall in Belfast, on Saturday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Commons panel says firms ‘urgently need’ clarity on cross-Border trade in no-deal event

UK prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip arrive for a church service near to her Maidenhead constituency on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Raab says solution must ensure UK not ‘left indefinitely in a sort of customs union limbo’


European governments believe a deal is unlikely before mid-December

 Adrienne McGuinness, director of the Nest Box Egg Company. “It would be nice if we had some more clarity,” she says. Photograph: Julien Behal

Border businesses feel their way in the dark as ‘Brexpo’ get-ready tour reaches Monaghan

The Tánaiste, Simon Coveney (left) and dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi Photographs: Dara Mac Dónaill/Mohammed Al-Shailkh/AFP/Getty

Tánaiste asks Saudi envoy for ‘independent and credible inquiry’ into killing

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys,  Tánaiste  Simon Coveney TD and Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee at a Brexit workshop in Co Monaghan on Friday. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography.

Tánaiste suggests no-change period of up to three years after EU exit to help solve Border issue

Threshold statement: ‘Threshold wishes to apologise for the lack of clarify and any public misinformation arising around the concept of a ‘viewing fee’ being a growing phenomenon’ Photograph: iStock

Housing charity says it ‘incorrectly characterised’ upfront tenant payment to media

Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon said the church believed the constitutional reference to blasphemy was “largely obsolete”. Photograph: Cian Reinhardt

Church recognises fundamental right to freedom of expression ‘within limits’

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi:  was last seen entering the Saudi  diplomatic mission in Istanbul on October 2nd.

Business group caves to pressure following presumed killing of dissident journalist

Mary Casey with a photograph of her father, Jack McCann,  who was killed in an IRA attack on a customs post in 1972. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Fears that re-emergence of Border will lead to return of Troubles

Haulier Stephen Heasley  at Manfreight  in Portadown, Co Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney for The Irish Times

To truly understand Brexit, haul €60,000 worth of food from Northern Ireland to England via Dublin

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds: with Conservatives, they argue the backstop would split the North economically and constitutionally from the rest of the UK.  Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA

Brussels seeking to keep North aligned with customs union and parts of single market

 A defaced ‘Welcome to Northern Ireland’ sign is displayed on the Border in Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

The Border is a sticking point in Brexit negotiations, but why?

Theresa May and members of her Cabinet in her country retreat Chequers in July 2018. Photograph: Joel Rouse via Getty Images

Chequers sparked resignation of ministers but what exactly is it?

Carwyn Jones, first minister of Wales, in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

Carwyn Jones concerned about temporary deal as EU-UK talks intensify in Brussels

09/10/2018(L to R) Tanaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade with special responsibility for Brexit Simon Coveney TD &  Minister for European affairs Helen McEntee TDduring a press briefing on brexit as part of Budget 2019 in Government Buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin.Photo Gareth Chaney Collins

‘We are going to be investing a lot of money in a whole series of things that we hope will be wasted’

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney during a press briefing on Brexit as part of Budget 2019, in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste says UK is to provide a backstop proposal as he launches budget measures

Paschal Donohoe said the Government had been “clear on our objectives” around Brexit, “robust in our negotiations and thorough in our planning”.

Donohoe calls UK’s exit ‘political, economic and diplomatic challenge of our generation’

British prime minister Theresa May’s official spokesman said on Monday there could be no legally binding withdrawal agreement without a precise political declaration about the future relationship between Britain and the EU. File photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Theresa May’s spokesman says ‘there remain big issues to work through’

Old Dublin Road between Dundalk and Newry: under the EU version of the backstop, potentially dangerous goods and public health products would have to meet EU rules, requiring Brussels to check compliance post-Brexit. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Brussels supervision of product compliance necessary, NI businesses figures told by EU

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the Government had “a whole series of contingency plans in place”.

New legislation and amendments to existing laws will be presented if UK crashes out of EU

 Chris Winning, Margaret Horgan, Una Scally and  Tánaiste  Simon Coveney,  at the Getting Ireland Brexit Ready conference in Cork. Photograph: Julien Behal

First Government Brexit-ready conference hears of concerns from fishermen and SMEs

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said: “We have simply heard concepts from the UK so what’s required is an intensification of the negotiations in Brussels.” Photograph: Julien Behal

Tánaiste predicts a ‘bumpy few weeks’ as talks enter a critical phase

  ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Looking back at the government’s decision to guarantee the Irish banks  10 years ago,  with no help forthcoming from the ECB, taoiseach Brian Cowen was left with no good options

‘Even if we had known that the banks were bust on the night of September 29th, it is not obvious what we could have done’

Sean Dunne was described by the judge as a “deeply dishonest” witness who clearly told lies. Photograph: Collins

Developer gets longest bankruptcy extension for ‘deliberate’ failure to co-operate

The latest UK proposal is viewed on the Irish side as a hybrid version of a previous proposal, tabled by the UK  in June, that would keep the UK aligned with the EU on customs, but for a time-limited period. Photograph: Getty Images

DUP rejects Irish Sea checks reportedly being considered in British version of ‘backstop’

Seán Dunne: ‘I find it difficult to conceive of a bankrupt who could be more obstructive and less co-operative,’ said Ms Justice Caroline Costello in a scathing judgment. Photograph: Collins Courts

High Court blames builder’s ‘wilful and deliberate’ failure to co-operate with official

Warnings about the threats to the constitutional integrity of the UK raised the political temperature in the Brexit negotiations and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier (above) has since the summer been trying to “de-dramatise” the backstop in order to resolve the last big remaining issue to agree a withdrawal treaty. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/ AFP/Getty Images

EU negotiators work on softening ‘backstop’ plan to give political cover for compromise

British prime minister Theresa May inspects a family farm in Bangor, Co Down, in March of this year. File photograph: Getty Images

EU working on minimised checks plan in bid to sell Border guarantee compromise to UK

 Former minister for finance, the late Brian Lenihan: explained the €440 billion guarantee was no bailout but necessary to maintain “the bloodstream of our banking system”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Simon Carswell reported the bailout as finance correspondent a decade ago today

The then minister for finance, Brian Lenihan, during a  press conference at Government Buildings in September 2008 where he said the government had decided to guarantee all deposits in Irish banks. Photograph. Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.

By September 2008, it was obvious something had to be done to save Anglo

More than 3,000 adults and children were saved from homelessness last year as a result of accommodation provided by Dublin Simon Community.  File photographer: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Charity reports number housed in its units increased by 89% between 2016 and last year

DUP Leader Arlene Foster: Said there was “no party narrative” by the DUP to discredit former minister Jonathan Bell over the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme controversy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party leader provides written statement to inquiry into North’s botched energy scheme

The trial is the first of its kind to investigate aspirin’s use as an anti-cancer agent involving such a large group of patients with early-stage cancer. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 300 Irish volunteers to take part in study which coincides with Cancer Week

EU leaders were not impressed with Theresa May rehashing the UK’s “red line” conditions and needlessly setting new ones, by effectively saying it was Chequers or nothing. Photograph: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

Little progress made, but acrimony grows and there’s even talk of backstop to a backstop

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