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Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable put the kibosh on Irish fantasy. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

There is a view that the most delusional faction in the Brexit process is not, as most would see it, the noisy rump of Tory Brexiteers with their over(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: politicians made a “real and enduring mistake” by allowing the Eighth Amendment to be inserted into the Constitution. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Six Cabinet Ministers have indicated their support for the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment’s recommendation to remove article 40.3.3 from(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his negotiating team can take heart from the EU27’s solidarity on Brexit, as demonstrated by the prioritisation of Irish issues to date and the insistence that those issues will remain a distinct strand in phase two. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA
Brexit: now comes the hard part

European Union leaders concluded their summit in Brussels yesterday by celebrating an important milestone that moves the United Kingdom closer to the (...)

Turkey legs stuffed with nuts, fruit, spice and pomegranate

“Christmas is a time when it pays to get it exactly right.” This was the caption that accompanied a dish of perfectly styled festive food in a magazin(...)

Prime minister of Belgium Charles Michel: “Solidarity cannot be unilaterally applied.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

While much media attention at the EU summit was focused on Brexit, EU leaders repeatedly insisted their gathering in Brussels “is not a Brexit summit”(...)

To some in Brussels the UK’s decision to quit the EU has been eclipsed by the reform agenda set out in September by French president Emmanuel Macron

To the person running an industrial business in a mid-sized German town, the fate of the Irish Border post-Brexit will naturally be of considerably le(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for  the second day of the European Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA.

Not all EU countries share Ireland’s desire for a close relationship with the UK after Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Speaking on Friday on(...)

Patrick Guilbaud on Noma? “It’s not for me.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Beneath Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud on Dublin’s Merrion Street, in a temperature-controlled room, thousands of wine bottles line the red-brick racks w(...)

Speaking in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said he would wait to hear the views of Fine Gael in the new year before the Government decided on a course of action. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have stopped short of publicly supporting the final recommendations of the Oireachtas com(...)

The 24 heads of state who are members of the Defence Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco), on the side of the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Ireland has formally joined Pesco, the new European defence co-operation mechanism, days after a Dáil vote endorsing the move. EU leaders meeting a(...)

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