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British prime minister Theresa May arrives for a carol concert at a church in her Maidenhead constituency  on Friday. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Downing Street staff Christmas party was in full swing all around her on Thursday night as Theresa May negotiated with Brussels, Dublin and Belfas(...)

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage. He is probably right when he tweeted that Britain was now moving on “the next phase of humiliation”. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The Irish Border was such a hard problem to get agreement on because it goes to the very heart of the big Brexit contradiction. This is that the UK ca(...)

Given the typical age profile of the average Brexiteer, it is ironic that one of the more arcane details of Friday’s agreement is that most of them will be dead by the time the European Court of Justice is no longer involved in British affairs.  Photograph: Getty Images

The old cliche is apposite: the best strategy in the world rarely survives first contact with the enemy. One of the many problems facing the British g(...)

Mary McSwiney: ‘One of the great things about Ireland and the UK being in the European Union was, that instead of focusing on individual nationalities and our differences, we focused instead on what we had in common.’

I’m not a British citizen, I can’t vote in the UK, hold a UK passport or pronounce yogurt in that weird way British people do. Yet over the past decad(...)

Aer Lingus began flying from Dublin to Miami this year. In 2018, it plans services to Philadelphia and Seattle. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Aer Lingus was worth €2.2 billion at the end of 2016, almost 50 per cent more than the sum paid for the Irish carrier by International Airlines’ Group(...)

CRH said in August it had around €5 billion in cash to spend on mergers and acquisitions over the next 18-24 months.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish cement producer CRH, the world’s third-largest building materials supplier by market value, had decided not to bid for rival PPC the South Afric(...)

Liberal MP Warren Entsch (centre) hugs Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) after the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. Photograph: Lukas Coach/EPA

Australia became the 26th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage after a Bill to do so was passed almost unanimously through parliament ju(...)

One51 chief executive Alan Walsh and Hugh McCutcheon, interim chairman, at the company’s EGM in Dublin ON Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One51 shareholders paved the way for a possible stock market launch of the plastics maker at a meeting on Wednesday. The vote came after One51 said t(...)

During the US election, thousands of Russian-linked bots posted anti-Hillary Clinton tweets seconds apart in alphabetical order of their made-up names, according to a New York Times report. Photograph: Reuters

The use of internet “bots” to manipulate online political debates and influence campaigns would become a crime under a Private Members’ Bill to be int(...)

Puffins are so exhausted when they return to their coastal burrows that they only lay one egg and struggle to feed one chick, the study found. Photograph: Dr Mark Jessopp

Irish-based puffins are in decline possibly because, being far more adventurous than their northern European and north American cousins, they are too (...)

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