Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Staff and office holders are assigned equipment from stock as required to enable them carry out their official functions,” said his department.   Photograph: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

A selection of new iPads, a €15 kettle and office paintings were among the items ordered by Government Ministers on their appointments earlier this ye(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: said allowing customs teams in Ireland and the United Kingdom to discuss the effect of a border would send out the wrong signals. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government would be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy by preparing for the imposition of a hard Border, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coven(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin also put the Government ‘on notice’ in regard to the delivery of housing and health. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has urged the Government to talk directly to the British government about the implications of Brexit. Speaking on (...)

 Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader  Arlene Foster. Their parties  have been maintaining radio silence in terms of their talks. Photograph:   Getty Images

Rather like the Republic’s game against Wales on Monday, the DUP-Sinn Féin negotiations to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly have reached a (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said there had been movement towards agreeing the text of the principle governing the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney stressed inroads had been made on Irish issues on Friday as he moved to play down the lack of progress in B(...)

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire  said that clear differences remained between the DUP and Sinn Fein, and that a deal has not been reached despite recent progress.   Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire and Sinn Féin have warned that a number of issues still remain to be resolved before a DUP-Sinn Fein deal is stru(...)

Stepping out: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe leaving RTÉ Radio Centre after his appearance on Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

At least Leo got a break on Wednesday: a nice few hours of downtime in the Dáil doing the bread and butter stuff such as answering questions and needl(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has said some 5,900 new “units” of social housing would be provided next year by local authorities and approved housing bodies, either through building or acquisition. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Measures announced in Budget 2018 will lead to the provision in 2018 of just 31 social homes over and above the number committed to last year by the G(...)

 Robin Newton: he issued a statement to say he had “never been appointed to any position with Charter NI”.   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

There was guarded but growing optimism in Belfast on Wednesday night that the DUP and Sinn Féin are close to a deal that would restore the Northern Ex(...)

Ibrahim Halawa celebrates moments after his acquittal by an anti-terrorism court at the Wadi Natrun prison outside Cairo on September 18th. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

More than three weeks after he was acquitted of all charges against him, Ibrahim Halawa remains in prison in Egypt, and Irish authorities appear to be(...)