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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes questions from the floor after giving a foreign policy speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC on day three of his visit to the US.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to assure unionists that Ireland has “no hidden agenda” as he called on them to get behind efforts to break the poli(...)

 British ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow  was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry amid escalating tension over the alleged poisoning case. Photograph: EPA/Yuri  Kochetkov

As Tuesday night’s deadline approached, nobody in Westminster expected Russia to offer any explanation of last week’s attack in Salisbury that would s(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will call for a US ambassador to Ireland to be appointed when he meets US president Donald Trump in the White House on Thursday(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Britain had violated the Chemical Weapons Convention in denying Russia access to the poison. Britain should comply with its international obligations before “putting forward ultimatums”.  Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Getty Images

Russia denied British allegations on Tuesday that it was responsible for the attempted murder of a former spy and double agent and his daughter in sou(...)

A police officer stands guard outside the home of Nikolai Glushkov in London, Britain. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

British counter-terrorism police were on Tuesday investigating the unexplained death of a Russian associate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky but said (...)

Bryan O’Brien, third from left, with his award at the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards in London.

Irish Times photographer and chief video journalist Bryan O’Brien has been named videographer of the year by the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards. O’(...)

 Nico de Boinville riding Altior  to win the bet365 Celebration Chase at Sandown Park in April 2017. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The foot scare that briefly threatened Altior’s expected Queen Mother Champion Chase coronation will prey on many minds, although, as Cheltenham cloud(...)

Civil Guard agents conduct checks at a security control point at El Prat airport in Barcelona, Spain. File photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

Spanish police have smashed a human trafficking network that smuggled people from China into Britain and Ireland. A total of 155 people were arreste(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaving a meeting with Texas governor Greg Abbott   in Austin  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

PAT LEAHY The annual exodus of Government ministers and officials for St Patrick’s Day Day events is well underway with the United States, as usual, (...)

Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage MEP (left) speaks to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of a debate on the guidelines on the framework of future EU-UK relations at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters.

The UK will come to regret its decision to leave the European Union, the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said. Address(...)

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