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Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia) party members unveil campaign posters featuring Catalonia’s ousted president Carles Puigdemont and arrested Catalan National Assembly (ANC) president Jordi Sanchez during a meeting to present the posters for the December 21st regional elections in Barcelona. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

It has seemed increasingly unlikely, since the Madrid government imposed direct rule on Catalonia a month ago, that Catalan independence leaders ever (...)

Irish inflation figures are due on Friday

MONDAY Indicators: Euro zone PPI (Oct); UK construction PMI (Nov). Meetings: Agri-food conference: “Food Wise: Challenge, Ambition, Opportunity” (C(...)

BBC host Andrew Marr interviewing Tánaiste Simon Coveney via video link on his programme on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire.

There is “no desire” in Ireland to delay progress on the Brexit negotiations, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said. Mr Co(...)

In my day they’re what passed for tasty Christmas treats. We’d have sprouts for dessert covered in cream and they’d often come in selection boxes next to the Revels. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s December, and thanks to “liberals” (sorry for whispering but I’m in The Irish Times office) there’s absolutely no sign of any celebration anywher(...)

Simon Coveney said a breakthrough on the Border was needed on Monday or else European Council president Donald Tusk would not be in a position to bring a proposal to a summit of European Union leaders the following week.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government’s position on the Northern Ireland Border has been “consistent” during negotiations on Brexit in seeking to protect the interests of th(...)

A mock customs checkpoint on the Irish Border earlier this year. “Ireland insists Britain must make a political declaration, promising to avoid the kind of regulatory divergence that would have the effect of hardening the Border.” File photograph: Paul FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May has an unhappy history of dinners with Jean Claude Juncker, each one leaving a bitter aftertaste in the form of a detailed, unflattering l(...)

Glacier researchers walk to the accumulation zone of Gueshgue glacier in Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Photograph: Tomas Munita/New York Times

As conspiracy theories go, this must rank as one of the more absurd. According to the Irish Farmers’ Association, the reason why Ireland is careering (...)

Scotland’s secretary for external affairs  said the UK government had to adopt “a more inclusive approach” and open up Brexit negotiations to more parties. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK government’s handling of Brexit talks has been “chaotic at best”, according to Scotland’s secretary for external affairs, Fiona Hyslop. Relati(...)

The EU beef market is being sacrificed for the sake of the Mercosur trade deal, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has claimed. As EU negotiators b(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Council President Donald Tusk speaking at a joint press conference at the Government buildings on Friday afternoon. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk has weighed his support firmly behind Ireland in the Brexit negotiations, saying if the United Kingd(...)

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