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The CAP deal is the ‘first step’ in providing a stable framework for farmers to plan their business over the next few years, Minister Charlie McConalogue said. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ahead of a critical vote in the European Parliament on Friday, Irish environmental groups have claimed the EU common agriculture policy (CAP) reform p(...)

Michel Barnier at the European Parliament in Brussels: “Our door remains open, and will remain until the last practical day for working together.” Photograph:  Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP

Michel Barnier said on Wednesday that a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK was “within reach” as he acknowledged that compromises would be needed by b(...)

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier: he wrote to his British counterpart David Frost on Friday offering to resume talks in London on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Downing Street has accused the EU of ending negotiations towards a free trade agreement by adopting an uncompromising position at this week’s European(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson. Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon condemned what she described as Mr Johnson’s reckless approach to the negotiations. Photograph: PA Wire

British and EU negotiators have agreed to talk next week despite Boris Johnson’s warning that Britain must prepare to leave the post-Brexit transition(...)

‘Budget 2021 is likely to be one of the most decisive budgets in the history of the State.’ Image: iStock

A no-deal Brexit is likely to place additional costs and burdens on firms already grappling with Covid-19, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce has w(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar at the Convention Centre Dublin: the seats are built for the comfort of theatre audiences, not for taoisigh hopping up and down to answer questions. Photograph: Maxwells

Micheál Martin prides himself on being fit as a FFlea. But he is having great difficulty managing the swing-up seats in the Convention Centre. Their (...)

European Council president Charles Michel said, after his call with Boris Johnson, that it was ‘time for the UK to put its cards on the table’. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Boris Johnson has spoken to European Council president Charles Michel amid signs that Britain is ready to compromise on one of the most important area(...)

 The MEPs approved the appointment of the long time Fine Gael representative with a decisive vote of 583 in favour and 75 against on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/ EPA

Mairead McGuinness has been approved by the European Parliament to be Ireland’s commissioner, taking up the brief of financial services. In a vote on(...)

European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen was informed on Sunday that a person that she had been in a meeting with had tested positive. The contact took place last Tuesday during a two-day trip to Portugal. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

A string of European leaders have been forced to go into self-isolation as Covid-19 infections spread on the margins of official circles, highlighting(...)

 Gardaí  performing random vehicle checks amid coronavirus restrictions in the village of Muff, Co Donegal, on the border with Northern Ireland, in recent days. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ten more people in the State with coronavirus have died, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed, while there are 613 new confirme(...)

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