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Fine Gael under Leo Varadkar did well in the European elections but had a disappointing performance in the locals. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Dáil has adjourned for the summer recess but Brexit, the issue which dominated all others during the past session, will continue to be the overrid(...)

  Ursula von der Leyen needs 375 votes for a majority in parliament, but is widely expected to get that. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Just to get the important local news out of the way first. Asked for the first time about Brexit and the backstop, European Commission president-in-w(...)

German defence minister  Ursula von der Leyen, who has been nominated to be the next European Commission president, with Manfred Weber, who was a candidate for the job,  at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Frederick FlorinAFP/Getty Images

The centre-right candidate who was thwarted in his bid to become European Commission president has denounced French president Emmanuel Macron for “dam(...)

 Dublin City Council  hosted the Velo-City cycling conference in June. This image shows the beginning of the bike parade which went from  Sherif Street to Raheny. Photograph. Nick Bradshaw

Inhaling motor fumes, weaving in and out of gridlocked cars and coming within centimetres of speeding vehicles were the defining characteristics of Ma(...)

Gerry Adams: he has rejected suggestions he has sent a signal to Belfast that Mary Lou McDonald needs time, free of the demands for an immediate Border poll, to rebuild in the Republic

There are some lessons to be drawn from the Irish electoral experience of the past decade. The first is that there is a growing wedge of voters with (...)

Cyclists  on Dame Street in the city centre. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

One sunny May afternoon in Dublin, as the Spice Girls prepared to kick off their Spice World 2019 tour at Croke Park stadium, the coaches bringing the(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with local election candidates at the launch of the party’s successful campaign. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Warm congratulations for Paul McAuliffe, the new Fianna Fáil Lord Mayor of Dublin, came from ally and opponent, as is customary on such occasions. Du(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton arriving at TU Dublin in Grangegorman with members of the Cabinet to announce details of Climate Action Plan 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has outlined a highly ambitious plan to cut Irish carbon emissions on a sustained basis up to 2030, which will be backed by annual incr(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD with local election candidates at the launch of the party’s local election manifesto in Dublin in May 2019. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The readiness of the Green Party to strike deals with Fianna Fáil for control of three of the four Dublin local authorities in the wake of the local e(...)

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