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Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, who has agreed to recognise pilots’ unions in a bid to stave off a potentially crippling strike in the days before Christmas. Photograph: PA

Ryanair has offered to meet Impact on Tuesday, a day before Wednesday’s planned strike by its pilot members. Earlier on Saturday, Impact said the str(...)

Up to 117 members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association  working for Ryanair look set to go ahead with their planned action on Wednesday

Ryanair cabin crew trade unions are seeking recognition alongside its pilots in a move that will add to the pressures faced by the Irish low-cost airl(...)

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(...)

Brexit secretary David Davis: Another politician who salvaged so little from his original vision might have quit out of embarrassment or principle. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Consider the sheer Britishness of Theresa May’s latest predicament. Earlier this year the prime minister offered US president Donald Trump a state vis(...)

Manus Carlisle and his mother Mary in Bologna
Welcome to My Place . . . Bologna
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  • December 3, 2017, 06:00

Manus Carlisle is studying for a Master’s degree in European Affairs at the University of Bologna. After a year on Erasmus in Siena as part of his und(...)

UK Prime minister Theresa May is expected to formally present the breakthrough offer next week as part of package deal if agreement can be reached on the other issues of citizen rights and the contentious question of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic

Britain has bowed to EU demands and agreed to fully honour its financial commitments as identified by Brussels, removing one of the biggest obstacles (...)

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in the stands before Denmark match in the Aviva Stadium earlier this month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The only solution to Ireland’s row with Britain over the post-Brexit border is to introduce technology to manage multinational trade while turning a b(...)

British prime minister Theresa May, left, and European Council President Donald Tusk. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Pool Photo

Theresa May still faces a “huge challenge” in persuading the EU to move the Brexit negotiations on to discussions about trade and a transition period (...)

Water test used at part of witchcraft trials in the 17th century. Illustration from Ludicium aquae (trial by water), 1613 edition

Society has always feared powerful women. Witches have been a feature of folklore right across the globe, from the troll-whisperers of Scandinavia, to(...)

‘The fundamental difference between the UK vision of what this is about and the Franco-German view is that the British still think this is a negotiati(...)

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