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Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed: “The EU-Mercosur trade deal is a very comprehensive trade agreement, but one particular aspect of it, this agreement to allow the Mercosur countries supply 99,000 tonnes of beef into the EU market, is a very significant negative for us.” File photograph: Getty

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has refused to rule out Ireland voting against the new EU-Mercosur trade deal at the EU Council of Ministers. (...)

The average European cost of a weighted heroin gram on the streets was €48. Photograph: Getty Images

The price of buying heroin on the streets in Ireland is one of the highest in Europe with a gram of the drug costing nearly three times more than the (...)

Collapse of Stormont means the North-South Ministerial Council has not met for three years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

How is any form of Brexit supposed to pass the test set by the so-called “mapping exercise” into impacts on the Belfast Agreement? Perhaps Brexit doe(...)

 Jeremy Hunt talking  with Chelsea Pensioners during a tour of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Photograph:  Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Conservative leadership contender Jeremy Hunt has called for a “technology-led solution” to keep the Border open after Brexit, promising that he will (...)

Vincent Kompany: “I have the chance to make my mark here and I’m proud that I have that opportunity.” Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Vincent Kompany began his managerial career at Anderlecht on Tuesday by saying he was no Pep Guardiola but the Belgian club can expect a student of th(...)

 Hessah Alajaji in her car hours before Saudi Arabia’s ban on women drivers official lifted, in Riyadh on  June 24th, 2018. Photograph: Tasneem Alsultan/The New York Times

Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive one year ago, a historic move that cracked open a window to new freedoms for women who have long lived u(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) speaks to  European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier   on the sidelines of the EU Summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

A weary Donald Tusk told journalists in Brussels early this morning that EU leaders had failed to agree on a new president for the European Commission(...)

The Government’s aim is to have 950,000 electric cars on the road by 2030. Photograph: iStock

Promising “radical change” in the wake of local elections in which the green vote came out in force is undoubtedly a good political tactic for a party(...)

Garda crime prevention officers say it is vital that trusted keyholders were asked to “keep an eye on” property left unoccupied during holidays.

People who share posts on social media while abroad on holidays this summer are at higher risk of being burgled by criminals living in their own commu(...)

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