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Just weeks before the Covid crisis hit Ireland, chief executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Mark Redmond in conversation with EU commissioner Phil Hogan at the Shaping the Future of Transatlantic Trade conference.

From the Proclamation of the Republic to the programme for government and many significant documents in between, Ireland’s relationship with the Unite(...)

A still from a video uploaded to social media at the weekend of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett meeting two friends in the Phoenix Park in Dublin

What happened at the weekend with the Taoiseach and his socialising in the Phoenix Park? A video of the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was posted by a member (...)

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher with taoiseach Charles Haughey on the steps of 10 Downing Street, London, in May 1980. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

It was not a high-profile year in Anglo-Irish relations. Everything seemed becalmed in 1989. Yet Charles Haughey was constantly being asked questions (...)

Ireland’s former ambassador to the US and Germany Michael Collins, who has retired after 46 years’ service. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Collins lists off figures that capture his lengthy career in the diplomatic service: 26 years abroad, 19 at home, almost 46 years in total, se(...)

Cork is hoThe ultimate guide to college life in Ireland.

The ultimate guide to college life in Ireland: So you’re going to college. But where? “Dublin” might seem like one city, but there’s a big difference (...)

Ex-garda Karl Cummins was on duty outside the Department of the Taoiseach when a man approached him with petrol and a cigarette lighter. File photograph: David Sleator

A retired garda who feared he was going to be doused with petrol and set on fire has been awarded just under €50,000 damages at a Garda compensation h(...)

Labour  TD Alan Kelly and Labour Leader Brendan Howlin:  “There’s a vast crater in St James’s and, having dug themselves into this hole, the Government seems to have no choice but to keep digging and try to find a way out.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Deep below Merrion Street, in the bowels of Government Buildings, is a top secret laboratory. It is entered via a concealed opening in rat-infested s(...)

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton said there was no Irish sector on track to meet its carbon reduction targets. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Every Government department will have to adopt and implement specific climate change actions and targets in its own area of responsibility under a new(...)

In a Word ... Armistice

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow … we commemorate. It is Armistice Day, and marks 100 years since the end of the first World War, hilariously desc(...)

Photographic Genius Award: Fianna Fail’s Waterford TD Mary Butler got 31 colleagues, mostly TDs, to pose together for a photograph on Merrion Square to signal support for the No campaign in the abortion referendum. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

Politician of the season Simon Harris won plaudits from all sides of the Yes campaign for his handling of the abortion referendum campaign. The Mini(...)

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