Dear prime minister, people in Northern Ireland are feeling anxious about the future direction due to Brexit. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Dear prime minister, I wrote to you in July via an op-ed piece in the online version of the Daily Telegraph. You have had a lot of correspondence and(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: Mr Howlin says both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are “chameleons” who will change their polices to get into power. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil has a policy platform that is more in line with what Labour wants to achieve if it re-enters government than Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Fine(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has responded to every Catalan move towards this referendum with block-headed predictability, perfectly fitting the script set out for him by the ‘Govern’ in Barcelona. Photograph: JJ Guillen/EPA

Whatever happens next in Catalonia, the Catalan nationalists’ independence referendum campaign had already proved a significant success, from their ow(...)

Donald Trump: the US president told a rally in Ohio that the federal government was “liberating” American cities from immigrant crime gangs. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

A rough inventory of July’s contribution to the global collapse of democracy would include Turkey’s show trial of leading journalists from Cumhuriyet (...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan:  “After the failed coup attempt last July, he started a large-scale purge of his “enemies”, arresting 45,000 people and firing or suspending 130,000. But he has 10 straight victories at the polls since 2002, and there is no doubting his popularity.” File photograph:  Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

One of the first congratulatory calls Recep Erdogan received on Monday , after his successful constitutional crusade, was from Donald Trump, no less. (...)

“Abtran is a reputable, law- abiding and entirely legitimate operation. It is not using the BVI to evade tax; it pays its taxes in Ireland. It is quite upfront about the reasons why it is now owned by a BVI company: secrecy.”

Whenever a new government emerges, it should adopt a simple principle: no public money should go to companies registered in tax havens. The Panama Pap(...)

The bombed buildings at the corner of Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) and Eden Quay on the banks of the Liffey in Dublin. The buildings were shelled by the British admiralty gunboat, the Helga, during the Easter Rising. Photograph: Getty Images

The ethics of the Rising is an important but hindsight issue. The ethics of how we commemorate the Rising is contemporary and pressing. A general ethi(...)

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton: criticised for sending “classified” information on a private server. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Emails released in the political storm over Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email address for official business as US secretary of state sho(...)

Enda Kenny speaks next to Alexander Stubb, prime minister of Finland, during ap panel session of the  World Economic Forum  in Davos. Photograph: EPA

The Taoiseach has indicated tacit support for a further renegotiation of Greece’s bailout, but warned that the country must respect it obligations (...)

Senator David Norris: “We need real reform to include the other seats.” Photograph: Stephen Collins.

The electorate for Seanad university seats will more than double from 200,000 to 500,000 while the electorate for vocational panel seats will halve fr(...)

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