The aftermath of the Omagh bombing, which occurred on August 15th, 1998. Photograph: Frank Miller

The large, open-plan, first-floor meeting room of the Omagh Support and Self Help Group looks a little desolate – appropriate perhaps, given everythin(...)

Simon Hoare: ‘It’s not a vehicle to go back to square one and renegotiate.’

The Northern Ireland protocol should not be renegotiated, but may need fine tuning and finessing, says the chairman of a key British House of Commons (...)

European Union negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty

The UK and the European Union are in a race to conclude talks by the end of the week, after which implementation of any accord in time to avoid disrup(...)

Robespierre. “Even the most extreme Irish Greens have little in common with the Montagnards of revolutionary Paris, I know, except perhaps for the commitment to ideological purity and a disdain for the compromises of electoral politics” Musée Carnavalet, Paris

I don’t know if recent events in the Green Party can be considered a Thermidorian Reaction, exactly, but it’s the right time of year for it anyway. Th(...)

The statue of William Smith O’Brien on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Not only does its inscription have two languages, it also has two meanings.

Writing about the statue of William Smith O’Brien earlier in the week, I neglected to mention what may be its most interesting feature, the bilingual (...)

Members of parliament convening for the announcement of voting on the ‘Benn Amendment’ in the House of Commons. Photograph: UK Parliamentary Recording Unit

MPs have easily passed a backbench amendment which seeks to block any attempt by a future government to prorogue parliament to ensure a no-deal Brexit(...)

Two soldiers lower the  Irish flag  outside the General Post Office in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland is a country united by geography and divided by history. In James Joyce’s great novel Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, the main protagonist and an Iri(...)

Weaker growth in emerging markets, trade disputes and Brexit chaos are putting the brakes on a nine-year expansion. Photograph: iStock

Morale among German investors improved slightly in January, but their assessment of the economy’s current condition deteriorated to a four-year low, a(...)

Painting of the first Dáil by Norman Teeling. Countesy of the Oriel Gallery theoriel.com

January 21st, 2019 marks the centenary of the first meeting of Dáil Éireann, a landmark event in the evolution of an independent Ireland. The 1918 gen(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he would  take advice only from  the National Immunisation Advisory Committee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has declined to announce a catch-up vaccination programme for the meningitis B strain, despite pressure from pare(...)

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