The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: says pace of “divorce” talks inadequate. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

EU European affairs ministers on Tuesday made clear that it will be December at the earliest before the EU will talk to the UK about trade and their (...)

  British  Brexit minister David Davis: “In a negotiation you always have to have the right to walk away – if you don’t, you get a terrible deal”, he told MPs in the House of Commons. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Two of Theresa May’s most senior ministers have made sharply contradictory statements about a “no deal” Brexit, with home secretary Amber Rudd saying (...)

The constitutional ban on abortion is “unworkable” because of online access to abortion pills, Peter Boylan, the former master of Holles St and chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ireland, will tell the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The constitutional ban on abortion is “unworkable” because of online access to abortion pills, Peter Boylan, the former master of Holles St and chairm(...)

Bill Clinton speaking at DCU, where he was conferred with an honorary doctorate. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bill Clinton has warned that the rise of nationalism and tribalism across the world threatens to undo achievements such as the Belfast Agreement. The(...)

Attendees look at a slideshow of Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Five Years of Sheer Endeavour show at the Beijing Exhibition Centre as he is poised to become the most powerful figure in Chinese politics since Mao Zedong. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China has ruled out western-style political reform on the eve of a crucial Communist Party congress that looks sure to cement Xi Jinping’s legacy by e(...)

The number of people employed in Ireland’s fast-growing services industry is now at its highest level on record, according to the OECD. The Paris-bas(...)

The owner of Madame Tussauds in London has seen its shares plunge by a fifth as peak summer trading woes after UK terror attacks took the shine off a worldwide Peppa Pig deal. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Shares in Merlin Entertainments, operator of tourist attractions such as London’s Madame Tussauds waxworks, tumbled around 20 per cent on Tuesday afte(...)

Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): group warns the UK economy is on track to be crippled by its EU divorce

A second referendum that reverses Brexit would have a “positive” and “significant” impact on the UK economy, which is on track to be crippled by its E(...)

An aircraft flies past buildings in the Canary Wharf district of London as Saharan dust carried by  Ophelia filters sunlight. Photograph: REUTERS/Tom Jacobs

Storm Ophelia left a distinctive red imprint on skylines across western Europe even as it headed north along the west coast of Ireland. The hurrican(...)

The value of Irish exports fell by 4 per cent to €9 billion in August while imports rose by 4 per cent to €5.4 billion. This resulted in a trade surp(...)