President Michael D Higgins speaks at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght, Co Dublin on Thursday announcing his arts initiative. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has defended the amount he is spending on his election campaign, the number of public engagements he has fulfilled and his(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addresses media in Brussels on Friday. Photograph:  Ben Stansall/ AFP/Getty

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Friday that a possible extension of Britain’s post-Brexit transition period would not diminish Ireland’s need for a “ba(...)

Theresa May arrives at the European Council in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand /AFP/Getty

On her way into the European Council building this morning, Theresa May told reporters that she was considering an extension of the post-Brexit transi(...)

Trains arriving at Gare de l’Est railway station in Paris. File photograph: Reuters

Irish teenagers will have the opportunity to apply for a further round of free European Inter Rail tickets next month. The European Commission has s(...)

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

A report on the National Broadband Plan (NBP), ordered by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after the resignation of Denis Naughten as miniser for communications(...)

Frans Timmermans: “The independence of the judiciary is essential for the functioning of the EU as a community of law.” Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/AFP/Getty Images

Prompted by the opening of EU court infringement proceedings, Poland has accelerated rather than reconsidered its controversial court reform, European(...)

British prime minister Theresa May arrives for the European Council summit in Brussels. There is backing  for the idea of extending the UK transition period by a year – although the UK would have to ask for it. Photograph: EPA

There are EU summits which take decisions. They are, after all, the supreme decision-making authority of the union. And there are those consigned(...)

A desire to achieve greater gender balance at the ECB is seen as working in Sharon Donnery’s favour.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sharon Donnery is getting closer to becoming the euro zone’s top bank supervisor as she and her two competitors prepare for scrutiny by MEPs and the E(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi is credited with quelling the debt-crisis storm of 2012 and the potential break-up of the euro zone. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has accepted an invitation to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure(...)

Ellie Curran and Shane Ó Foghlú with their children Rian and Éabha at their home in Artane, Dublin. On the wall behind are mounted hand and foot prints of their first-born children, twins Aidan and Donnacha, who were born prematurely and died, along with prints of Éabha and Rian. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“We have been a mother and father. Now we want to be parents.” They were the parting words of Shane Ó Foghlú and Ellie Curran last time we met. Appea(...)

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