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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shows his decorative socks to British prime minister Theresa May (second right) during a round table meeting at an EU summit in  Sweden on Friday. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

The Sun’s UK edition has written a scathing editorial criticising Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s “rookie diplomacy” skills and advising him to concentrate o(...)

 Theresa May leaves Downing St: A relatively calm week for the British prime minister.  Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

There was an unfamiliar scene in the House of Commons this week as Conservative MPs cheered loudly at the end of Theresa May’s weekly joust with Jerem(...)

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(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney meeting  Boris Johnson at Iveagh House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish Border: when to negotiate its future post-Brexit, now or later? The European Union and the United Kingdom have their main sticking point – t(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte during the European Social Summit in Gothenburg. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

The EU on Friday took a step towards the harmonisation of social standards throughout the union with the signing of a “pillar” of social rights at it(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (left) with British secretary of state Boris Johnson at Iveagh House in Dublin on Friday morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and British foreign secretary Boris Johnson have offered conflicting views on when the issue of the Norther(...)

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar arrives at  the European Social Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden on Friday. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images.

The UK must find a way to ensure there is no return to Border checks on the island of Ireland after Brexit before the second phase of the talks on a f(...)

Good kava: Arnold Schwarzenegger helps himself to a plant-based beverage in the company of Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama. Photograph: Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay

In numbers: Game, set, match $110.2m Sum that tennis phenomenon Roger Federer has won in prize money over the course of his career, as of his victory(...)

Germany’s Social Democratic Party is pressing for the German parliament, the Bundestag (above), to block Ireland’s plans for an early repayment of bailout loans totalling €5.5 billion. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

After a starring role in the Paradise Papers, Ireland will next week face attempts in Berlin to extend its stay in financial purgatory. Germany’s Soc(...)

 British prime minister Theresa May and Leo Varadkar will hold a bilateral meeting on the margins of a summit in Gothenburg, Sweden. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Government wants a commitment from Britain that there will be no hard Border in Ireland even in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the Europe(...)

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