Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Good morning, and happy Valentine’s Day — the day the price of a bunch of roses rises by national children’s hospital proportions. Matters in Fianna (...)

‘LE Samuel Beckett’  is back on duty in the  Mediterranean in Operation Sophia. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

Operation Sophia, the EU naval operation in the Mediterranean in which the Irish naval ship the LE Samuel Beckett is participating, is helping the Lib(...)

President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/EPA

US president Donald Trump has declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism. The designation on Monday allows the United States to impose additio(...)

US president Donald Trump: one step closer to a choice he has strained to avoid. Photograph:  Doug Mills/The New York Times

The US House of Representative has approved a sweeping package of sanctions against Russia, clearing a key hurdle in Congress’ effort – long opposed b(...)

Austin Deasy  outside Leinster House  after his party’s vote of confidence in leader John Bruton in 2000. Photograph: Moya Nolan

Austin Deasy, the Fine Gael TD who represented Waterford in Dáil Éireann for 25 years and who served as minister for agriculture from 1982 to 1987, ha(...)

 Britain’s prime minister Theresa May has repeatedly said she would rather walk away with no Brexit deal rather than do a bad deal.  Photograph: EPA

The government is working on contingency plans in case Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal, the Brexit Secretary has said. David(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin welcomes French president Francois Hollande before a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

French president Francois Hollande has said Russia and France will co-ordinate their military strikes against Islamic State. Speaking afte(...)

Extending British air strikes into Syria is off the political agenda after an influential Commons  cross-party committee warned against  such a move. Photograph: PA

The prospect of a British House of Commons vote on extending British air strikes into Syria is off the political agenda after an influential, cross-pa(...)

Human rights lawyer Raji Sourani says Gaza is trapped in a “criminal, illegal and inhuman siege” which is “suffocating its people socially and economically and sending Gaza back to the Middle Ages”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ireland must play a greater role “morally, politically and legally” in calling for an end to the siege and “crimes against humanity” on the Gaza Strip(...)

Ibrahim Halawa: Arrested after a protest in August 2013 and is being held in an Egyptian prison

Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish teenager imprisoned in Egypt, was described as being “in reasonable spirits ” by the chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on(...)

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