Migrants at a rally against living conditions at refugee camps in Greece. Photograph: Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters

Challenges created by the arrival of refugees to a country should not be framed as threats to our way of life but rather as an opportunity, a United N(...)

Parliament Buildings, Stormont. An idea in circulation is ‘joint authority’, which the SDLP endorsed in recent weeks as an alternative to direct rule from London. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Last Friday, British prime minister Theresa May went to Glasgow to affirm fidelity to an idea that has seldom looked shakier. Rejectin(...)

Theresa May’s speech   put an end to any remaining delusions on either side of the Irish Sea that somehow Britain will be able to retain access to the EU single market and customs union. Photograph: Getty Images

More than six months after the British voted to leave the European Union it is now abundantly clear that the hardest possible Brexit is coming inexora(...)

Winston Churchill: “I hope to see a Europe where men and women of every country will think of being European as of belonging to their native land.” Photograph: Yousuf Karsh

Most of the discourse on Brexit in this country has focused, not surprisingly, on the rather narrow agenda of possible economic effects on our economy(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: said  the visit  by the Japanese foreign minister and the programme of events  would “celebrate our strong friendship based on shared values”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Japan sees Ireland as an important ally as it seeks to safeguard the interests of its companies in the UK and the European Union following Brexit, th(...)

Central Bank Governor Philip Lane: noted the European Banking Authority’s adverse scenario credit losses were calculated based on past experience Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Ireland’s banks are “adequately capitalised” but are still vulnerable to an economic downturn, the Central Bank governor has said. Philip Lane was s(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Advocating for the best possible deal for the British is likely to be Ireland’s strategy in exit negotiations

When European leaders gathered in Milan in June 1985, both Ireland and the European project were on the brink of dramatic change. The Anglo-Irish Agre(...)

What is Brexit? The countdown has begun to the United Kingdom’s referendum on withdrawal from the European Union. The stakes are high: if UK voters o(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said the Government is determined to work for a deal which helped keep the UK in the EU. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has warned of the great “uncertainty” that would be created by Britain exiting Europe. He(...)

A native of Kerry, Pat Carey (now 68) spent his earlier career as a school teacher, principal and community worker. Photograph: Alan Betson

When Pat Carey’s name was mentioned as the politician at the centre of allegations of abuse dating back more than a quarter of a century, the reaction(...)

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