Asked how he would describe the consequences of a hard Brexit, Enda Kenny replied “potentially catastrophic”.  Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

The Brexit transition period is likely to last much longer than anyone expects, the former taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. The British prime minister (...)

Ray Bassett: It is time for the EU to ‘stop the insults’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former senior Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has warned that Ireland is on the “wrong track” in Brexit negotiations and says the European Union should sto(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann says it is time for Northern Ireland institutions to move on. Photograph: PA

A “voluntary coalition” of parties willing to serve together in Northern Ireland should be established if Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionists canno(...)

Britain’s secretary of state for international trade Liam Fox: “How much does the European Commission and the European elite want to punish Britain for having the audacity to use our legal rights to leave the European Union?” Photograph: EPA

Brexit talks on a future trade relationship will only be complicated if the European Union decides to “punish Britain for having the audacity” to leav(...)

Johnny Sexton returns to the Leinster XV for the trip to play Glasgow Warriors. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors v Leinster, Scotstoun Stadium, 1pm, Sky Sports Action Nobody is thinking about Ireland - besides that gang of hard nosed men led by (...)

 The Lodge at Ashford Castle,  which overlooks  Lough Corrib, is offering a new restorative getaway – The Robe, Rosé & Relax package – for €320pps

Lodge Leisure Take yourself west this month to the picturesque village of Cong, where The Lodge at Ashford Castle is offering a restorative getaway f(...)

All Prosecco is made from the Glera grape and comes from a single region in north-west Italy. Photogrpah: iStock

Worried you might be getting a Prosecco smile? It has been a tough few months for our favourite sparkling wine, with dentists in the UK recently warni(...)

Chancellor Philip Hammond: likely to be restricted from setting aside money to smooth Britain’s exit from the EU. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AFP/Getty Images

Predictions that last year’s Brexit vote would trigger a snap recession in the UK, fuelled by a conspicuous schadenfreude, proved wide of the mark. (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Government ministers tend not to speak any foreign languages. Mr Varadkar has twice gone to Downing Street but has yet to pay a visit to Paris or Berlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Britain’s Brexit breakdown, like all good horror shows, leaves you repulsed yet somehow unable to avert your eyes. Ireland is wedged into the best se(...)

“The whole emphasis now will be on painting those who want abortion on demand, and those who want no abortion, as similarly extreme, and the fallacy of the middle ground will be trotted out again and again.”

The profound cynicism many feel about politics will only have been reinforced by the extraordinary actions of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Ei(...)