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British prime minister Boris Johnson  said he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than delay Brexit. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

The new Brexit commemorative 50 pence piece due to flood Britain’s tills in barely a month will be etched with pledges of “peace, prosperity and frien(...)

The Port of Dover is a trading cog worth £122bn (€136bn) a year in the engine of the UK’s economy. Photograph: Simon Carswell

From the Port of Dover’s terminal control tower, the north coast of France can be clearly seen on the horizon. The European Union’s busiest passenger(...)

Dominic Grieve told an audience in Dublin that the chances of a border poll on Irish unification ‘go up’ if Britain leaves the EU without a deal in October. Photograph: Simon Carswell

A “crash-out Brexit” would make a political crisis over the future status of Northern Ireland “more likely”, the Conservative MP and former UK attorne(...)

The actor Barry Keoghan, just 26, has yet to receive a nomination, but performances in high-profile films will have caught the attention of the Academy’s Board of Governors. Photograph: Joe Maher/Getty Image)

A busy array of Irish cinema professionals has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the latest hefty influx. The ne(...)

The betting now is that Endgame will fall tantalising close to Avatar before being pulled from cinemas

Here is the news. Avengers: Endgame is probably not going to become the highest grossing film of all time. Yet. Unless they re-release it. Or somethin(...)

Peter McGuinness at home in Dundalk, Co Louth

One of the first Allied soldiers to die on D-Day was Pte Edward Delaney O’Sullivan, known as “Paddy”, who landed with the Parachute Regiment outside T(...)

Tory MP Mark Francois lets rip during an interview with the BBC

Brexit is the gift that keeps on giving for satirists and provides much needed levity given the seriousness of the issues. If the consequences of it w(...)

Stalag XXA: Cpl Tom McGrath, who escaped from the German prisoner-of-war camp in 1942. Photograph courtesy family collection

Until two years ago Tom McGrath had no idea that his father had served in the British army in the second World War. Neither did he know that Tom snr h(...)

An Ecocem truck leaving the South Quays dispatch facility in Ringsend, Dublin

Rising costs left cement-maker Ecocem’s profits trailing at €2.5 million last year despite a boost to sales. Accounts just filed for Ecocem Materials(...)

French concern at rerouting: At stake are jobs, millions of dollars’ worth of port revenues and possibly EU infrastructure funding.

France will not accept a European Commission proposal to exclude French ports from a re-routed trade corridor between Ireland and mainland Europe afte(...)

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