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Prime minister Theresa May: It is unclear whether the UK is prepared to countenance even the idea of temporary Irish Sea controls for the sake of getting agreement on the backstop. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

The promise in the May Chequers letter that the UK will agree to “operational legal text” for an Irish backstop will be welcome in Dublin and Brussels(...)

Theresa May’s proposal as it stands will not be acceptable to the European Union. Photograph: Joel Rouse/ Crown Copyright via Getty Images

When Theresa May meets Conservative backbenchers at Westminster on Monday, she will face tough questions about Friday’s Chequers statement, which hard(...)

Cut hedgerow near Shillelagh in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The passing of a controversial Heritage Bill in the Dáil that will ease restrictions on the burning of heather and gorse and cutting back hedge-rows h(...)

British prime minister Theresa May hosts a meeting with her cabinet at Chequers to discuss Brexit. Photograph: Joel Rouse/MOD Crown Copyright

Theresa May has persuaded her cabinet to back a soft Brexit, maintaining full regulatory alignment with Europe for goods and agricultural products and(...)

Bombardier’s NI operations suffered in tandem with the company as a whole last year after the US department of commerce confirmed it was investigating its US trade practices. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Northern Ireland arm of aircraft manufacturer Bombardier swung to a $53 million (€45 million) loss in 2017 in a year that was “extremely challengi(...)

The hen harrier is among the birds that BirdWatch Ireland says will be threatened by the new legislation. Photograph: iStock

The passing of legislation that will expand the period during the year allowing for the burning of vegetation and the destruction of hedgerows signals(...)

Leo Varadkar: Ireland’s objectives remain as they always have which is to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed confidence that British prime minister Theresa May will be successful if she decides to face down leading Brexite(...)

Eleven organisations in Northern Ireland, including the Dromore Diocesan Trust, have been named and shamed by the UK’s Department for Business for un(...)

The necessity of friendships has become more important to our mental health as our busy family and work lives take on a level of stress that is incomparable to decades before.

It takes a village to raise a child, so they say, but what if that village no longer exists? Parenthood has a funny way of keeping you overly occupie(...)

Ryanair let the union genie out of the bottle shortly before Christmas when it was facing strike threats from Ialpa, VC and their Italian counterpart Anpac among others. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

A year ago the prospect of a strike at Ryanair would have been unthinkable. It remained steadfastly non-union, a significant exception to its peers in(...)

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