In a survey of more than 700 Conservative Party members, two in three were sanguine about the end of the UK union. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Is Britain’s governing party still conservative and unionist? That last word was originally a reference not to the union with Northern Ireland, but wi(...)

Labour MP Hilary Benn attended a Brexit meeting in Dublin on Thursday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Britain will not pay a so-called divorce settlement that could be as much as €60 billion to the European Union, a group of TDs and Senators have been (...)

 Senator Catherine Noone as she addresses the morning session of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly with on left Aengus O Snodaigh TD and on right Margaret Murphy O Mahony TD. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Parliamentarians drawn from across Britain and Ireland have voiced strong opposition to any reimposition of a ‘hard border’ between the North and Sout(...)

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said the UK voted to leave the European Union and that decision must be respected. File photograph: Frank Miller

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has said the Brexit result provides many opportunities for Northern Ireland. He said he wants the North to maintain a tradi(...)

Minister of State for Diaspora Joe McHugh: ‘It is important that I as Minister work closely with the companies that are seeing gaps relating to skills or education, and be a bit more targeted, use the global Irish network that we have, rather than putting out a call, or putting a minister on a plane on St Patrick’s Day.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Joe McHugh was recently appointed Minister of State for Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid, the second junior minister to hold specific responsibil(...)

Labour peer Alf Dubs: critical of his own party’s low profile in the EU referendum campaign, he warns that if Britain votes to leave the EU, it will be Labour’s fault for failing to mobilise its supporters. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Britain’s unelected House of Lords has few champions these days but one man has done more to enhance its reputation in recent weeks than most of its m(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: has already appointed 12 Fine Gael TDs to the Cabinet and a further 15 to be Ministers of State. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Up to 80 per cent of Fine Gael deputies will be given some salaried or remunerated position in addition to their TD role when all the jobs in Taoisea(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: Border policing ‘corridor’ raises issues around jurisdiction and accountability. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The British government has ruled out holding separate referendums on EU membership in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, saying voters will be dec(...)

Senator Paul Coghlan, chairman of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly Committee: said  there were so few police on the ground in south Armagh that those involved in the illegal trade could “carry on regardless”.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

A shortage of police resources in south Co Armagh is hindering the fight against fuel smuggling, a Fine Gael senator has claimed. Paul Coghlan, chai(...)

 Feargal Quinn: “Delighted at the attention being given in recent days to problems in the border area.”

There are difficulties policing the 34 border crossings in the Dundalk area as part of efforts to deal with fuel laundering and cigarette smuggling, (...)

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