Immediately after the leadership contest was called, a raft of senior Ministers came out backing Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Alan Betson

It has been a roller coaster ride over the past year in Irish politics with a change of Taoiseach, the resignation of a tánaiste, a series of politica(...)

Protection of a frictionless border between the two parts of Ireland was accepted as one of the three key concerns of the EU that would have to be addressed in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

The prominence given to the Border in the first phase of the Brexit agreement represented a significant triumph for the Government. It was an achievem(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “Varadkar will be playing with fire if he takes his newly-acquired nationalist credentials too far.” Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

It is amazing how quickly the tide turns in politics. A month ago Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was widely deemed be on the ropes and his then tánaiste, Fran(...)

  UK  prime minister Theresa May, home secretary Amber Rudd, Brexit minister David Davis and  foreign minister Boris Johnson:   The Irish border issue has dragged the Brexit  debate in a more sensible direction and away from the control of  hardline Tories. Photograph: AFP/Getty

It is a nice irony that almost a century after independence the Irish question has returned to haunt British politics. A century ago the inevitability(...)

The way Tánaiste Simon Coveney jumped the gun with a premature radio interview  and the subsequent mood music suggesting  the Irish side had got what it wanted, even before Theresa May met Jean Claude Juncker, was tempting fate. Photograph:  Laura Hutton/PA

The shambles into which the Brexit talks plunged on Monday may yet turn out for the best if it forces the British government to confront the reality t(...)

“An unexpected feature of the denouement in the Dáil on Tuesday was the expressions of mutual respect uttered by Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin.” Photograph: Dáil/PA Wire

Paradoxical as it seems, the political hysteria that gripped Leinster House for the past week could have a beneficial long-term impact on relations be(...)

Kevin O’Higgins, who was deputy premier as well as minister for justice, was murdered on his way to Mass in Dublin in July 1927.

Telegrams of condolences from British prime minister Stanley Baldwin and prime minister of Northern Ireland Viscount Craigavon (James Craig) following(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney with Boris Johnson in Dublin: The visit of UK foreign secretary last Friday exposed the hollowness of the British claims that they want to avoid a hard Border. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The sneering anti-Irish editorial in the UK edition of the Sun last weekend represents a warning that things are about to get dirty as posturing over (...)

Noel Dorr: he argues that even though it failed to bring peace Sunningdale marked a turning point of great historical importance

One of Ireland’s most eminent diplomats of the past half century has said that part of the reason for the collapse of the Sunningdale Agreement in 197(...)

Union Jacks outside a pub in Chelsea, London, England. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The most striking thing about the decision of Leo Varadkar to wear a poppy in the Dáil last week was the fact that it aroused so little controversy. (...)