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British prime minister Theresa May will make a statement on Monday afternoon outlining her new Brexit proposals. Photograph: PA

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the Brexit withdrawal deal, which was comprehensively rejected by the House of Common(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney: Both roundly rejected  British suggestions of a bilateral treaty  to avoid a Border backstop. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney have both roundly rejected as a “non-starter” British suggestions of a bilateral treaty with Ireland(...)

 Síofra Caherty, Fiona O’Doherty Mindy O’Brien, Flossie Donelly, Una Hand, Padraic Fogarty, and Kate Ruddock. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The grassroots uprising is underway and people of all ages are calling for great urgency on climate action. A lack of political action in Ireland has (...)

 Nancy Pelosi’s cool performance during an acrimonious meeting in the Oval Office  with Donald Trump and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer last month increased her kudos among the public. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP

As the US government shutdown approaches its second month, the impasse in Washington shows no sign of ending. This week the saga took a fresh twist a(...)

We are entering a chaotic couple of weeks when all kinds of prospects will be floated, and all this as the clock ticks remorselessly on. We can only hope that these discussion are based on some kind of reality because both the Conservatives and Labour have so far done all  they can to duck the real choices. Photograph: Getty Images

The maze has a long history, but is now, appropriately enough, most associated with the gardens of big English country houses like Hampton Court. Brit(...)

A view of the European Parliament building in   Strasbourg, France. File photograph: Arterra/UIG via Getty Images

The European Parliament has backed plans to cut EU funds to member states who undermine the rule of law or allow corruption to fester – a move that co(...)

European commissioner  Pierre Moscovici is asking the member states to allow voting on tax issues to move from unanimity  to QMV. Photograph: Costas Baltas/Reuters

With the European elections looming and the commission’s term running out, it’s time for a commissioner to be thinking in legacy terms. Sure, there ar(...)

Cavan-Monaghan TD Brendan Smith is seeking a nomination to run for Fianna Fáil in the European elections in May.   File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Cavan-Monaghan TD Brendan Smith is seeking a nomination to run for the party in the European elections in May. He was the second senior p(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan launching the passport card in 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State will not be required to fingerprint Irish citizens for their passport cards despite a proposed EU regulation forcing member states to take t(...)

Half of the beef produced in Ireland  goes to the UK as does  virtually all of the  mushrooms produced here.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) is to seek greater detail on plans for financial and other aid to its members in the event of a no-deal Brexit at (...)

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