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Protesters at a Repeal the Eighth Amendment Rally in   Dublin this year. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

It is clear, and has been for some time, that a large majority of voters favour repeal of the Eighth Amendment. The amendment, enacted in 1983 and whi(...)

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage. He is probably right when he tweeted that Britain was now moving on “the next phase of humiliation”. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The Irish Border was such a hard problem to get agreement on because it goes to the very heart of the big Brexit contradiction. This is that the UK ca(...)

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in a scene from 'Star Wars'. Photograph: LucasFilm

Let me bring you back to early 1978 and the release of George Lucas’s Star Wars. No, I haven’t got that wrong. Hard though it may be to believe, that (...)

K-club sounds: Yaeji

Who: Korean-American house-pop producer Where: NYC Why: When Shamir Bailey’s disco-ready falsetto first appeared in 2014 before the Las Vegas singer(...)

Sinn Féin billboard calls for “No Hard Border”:   the European Commission has announced “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Launching a history on Friday of the Sunningdale Agreement written by a former top Irish civil servant, the 82-year-old Séamus Mallon joked dryly that(...)

Given the typical age profile of the average Brexiteer, it is ironic that one of the more arcane details of Friday’s agreement is that most of them will be dead by the time the European Court of Justice is no longer involved in British affairs.  Photograph: Getty Images

The old cliche is apposite: the best strategy in the world rarely survives first contact with the enemy. One of the many problems facing the British g(...)

Brexit negotiations are now expected to advance to the next stage which focuses on the transition period after Brexit takes effect in March 2019 and on the future EU-UK relationship. Photograph: Getty Images

The deal reached between the European Commission and the British government on Friday paves the way for a much softer Brexit than had been initially e(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May: has said that, during the implementation period, people can expect things to be broadly similar to how they are now. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

The British government has played down the implications of a promise of “full alignment” of policies to support an all-island economy in Ireland if ot(...)

 Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney during  a press conference in Dublin after the deal was agreed. Photograph:  Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The commitments made by Britain to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland are “politically bullet-proof” and “cast iron”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar(...)

 European Council president Donald Tusk delivers an acceptance speech after he was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Pecs in  Hungary. Photograph: Tamas Soki

After helping Britain move a little closer to the EU exit early on Friday, European Council president Donald Tusk flew east to focus on the future of (...)

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