Katherine Zappone, who has been given a special envoy role. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has come under pressure to explain the circumstances of former minister Katherine Zappone’s appointment as (...)

With Angela Merkel all but ruling out Ireland getting special status in Brexit negotiations, it is imperative the Irish Government starts manoeuvring through the narrow corridors under Big Ben. Photograph: PA

The lady’s not for talking. Not small talk anyway. As she said during her leadership bid, Theresa May isn’t one for gossiping in the tearooms of Westm(...)