Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Increased prosperity on both sides of the Border and the “almost total peace” are in jeopardy if the wrong decisions are made over Brexit, according t(...)

Staff from the Northern Ireland Road Service close the Peace Bridge in Derry, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Storm Ophelia caused significant disruption in Northern Ireland with some 18,500 households left without power, while schools, universities and severa(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British PM Theresa May discussed the latest talks setback by phone on Monday. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May have said it is up to the DUP and Sinn Féin to resolve their differences to get the Nort(...)

Fallen trees in Sutton, Dublin. Schools will be closed for a second day in both the Republic and North on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Primary and secondary schools have been told to close for a second day on Tuesday but most are expected to reopen on Wednesday. Taoiseach Leo Varadka(...)

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric challenges  Finland forward Simon Skrabb during the qualifier in Rijeka at the start of October. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Croatia: Vedran Buble of Index.hr “After the win in Ukraine, everyone believes that Croatia will qualify for the World Cup, although the emotions are(...)

Bill Clinton was due to make a surprise visit to Belfast on Monday to try to encourage the DUP and Sinn Féin to end the political deadlock. Photograph: Ludovic Marin AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland was battening down the hatches as it prepared for the arrival of heavy storm conditions expected in the early afternoon. Schools and(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May is travelling to Brussels on Monday to have talks about Brexit with European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker. Photograph:  Dennis Adrian/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May travels to Brussels on Monday for talks over dinner with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker after de(...)

Ulster Bank will keep all of its branches in the Republic closed on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The country’s main banks decided to close their branches in the Republic closed on Monday as businesses took precautions as Hurricane Ophelia swept ac(...)

'Hard Brexit has many implications – construction companies are going to do quite well concreting over the English countryside around Dover.' Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Say it often enough and people believe it: 76 per cent, according to one poll, think that a Brexit “no deal” is better than a “bad deal”. Belief in fa(...)

Public services card

The possibility that the State’s public services card (PSC) might eventually become a national identity card was discussed by the then Fianna Fáil-led(...)