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The Cabinet adjourned once more, with Ministers and officials – sustained by late-night sandwiches – gathering around televisions to watch the joint May-Juncker press conference. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

As British prime minister Theresa May prepared to fly to Strasbourg to meet European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker on Monday, some in Taois(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: took call from European Commission president Jean Claude  Juncker on the final wording of the unilateral declaration. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

The idea of Britain making a unilateral statement that it believed it could decide on its own to leave the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a h(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney meets then British foreign secretary Boris Johnson, a prominent Brexiteer,   at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on January 31st last. Photograph:  Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images.

Some British politicians, such as arch Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg, should acquaint themselves with Irish history, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has suggested.(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe declined to increase carbon taxes in last month’s budget but said it was his intention to put a long-term plan to 2030 in place that could see the tax rise to €100 per tonne.

Carbon tax rises will be a significant part of a tax plan that will include changes beyond the already promised pledge to increase the top rate tax th(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will address the Fine Gael ard fheis on Saturday evening. File photograph: Lorraine Teevan/PA

A special party conference will have to ratify Fine Gael’s future participation in coalition or confidence and supply governments under a new rule to (...)

The question in Leinster House will soon turn to what Varadkar does with the political capital the Brexit deal gives him: push Fianna Fáil to extend the confidence and supply deal or call an election in the new year?

As the top of the Government strove on Wednesday to project an impression of calm and control, a giddiness fizzed below decks in Leinster House. Tao(...)

Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney with UK minister for the cabinet office, David Lidington. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Union and the British government are “very close” to reaching a deal on the Irish border that will pave the way for a Brexit withdrawal a(...)

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin during the children’s referendum campaign in 2012. Those close to both men insist they share no personal animus. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The minute the email arrived on a quiet Friday at the end of August, those around Micheál Martin believed its contents were never meant to be confiden(...)

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

A report on the National Broadband Plan (NBP), ordered by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after the resignation of Denis Naughten as miniser for communications(...)

Paddy Duffy, former political adviser to Bertie Ahern, has died.  File photograph: Frank Miller

A former senior adviser to Bertie Ahern has died while travelling back to Dublin from Papau New Guinea with the former taoiseach. Paddy Duffy, who re(...)

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