Boston city. Immigration officials have stepped up arrests at court houses in the city. Photograph: Getty Images

There has been a sharp increase in the number of illegal Irish being detained by US immigration officials in the Boston area, according to community a(...)

Ian Hyland said the near-600 page book is “the first volume . . . of a history and chronology of the entire Irish economy” that he intends to publish.

Denis O’Brien says “every minister for communications is conflicted” in decisions about the television licence fee because, he says, RTÉ gives the mi(...)

Eamon Gilmore, who was minister for foreign affairs from 2011 to 2014: “In something like this you have to be pretty well focused singularly on it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A general election during Brexit talks about the future of the Border would deeply damage Ireland’s negotiating position, former ministers for foreign(...)

The volcano expelled ash clouds as high as 4,000 meters above the crater. Photograph: 	AFP/ Getty Images

Indonesia closed the airport on the tourist island of Bali on Monday and ordered 100,000 residents living near a grumbling volcano spewing columns of (...)

Mike Russell: Brexit represents “a serious threat to devolution. We would have hoped that the DUP would have seen that.” Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The deadlock over the future of the Irish Border has meant that in the multi-rope tug-of-war contest that is the Brexit negotiations, some strenuous p(...)

Department of Foreign Affairs official Rory Montgomery said he was “hopeful” the EU and UK could make progress on Border issues before a key summit of EU leaders next month.

British politicians have now got the message about how serious the Northern Ireland border issue is in Brexit talks after not listening carefully to t(...)

Noel Dorr: he argues that even though it failed to bring peace Sunningdale marked a turning point of great historical importance

One of Ireland’s most eminent diplomats of the past half century has said that part of the reason for the collapse of the Sunningdale Agreement in 197(...)

The EU Division has returned to Iveagh House and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is one of the most powerful people in the Cabinet.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

You’re unlikely to find anyone in Iveagh House, the Dublin headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, who thinks Brexit is a good idea. Yet Br(...)

John Halligan: “There was no direction given but just gave us some advice. We are all in agreement that we should not travel.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister of State John Halligan has confirmed he will not pursue a planned trip to North Korea. Mr Halligan met with the Department of Foreign Affai(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said: ‘Often the solutions for a school will be found in a local area with the local leaders, the teachers and principals’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Independent Alliance Minister John Halligan has “fallen from his own high standards” on the issue of workers’ rights, Minister for Education Richard B(...)

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