Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness  at the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit: “Sinn Féin has directly linked Brexit and Irish unity by calling for a Border poll.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish nationalists are missing a trick by portraying Brexit as a terrible calamity. What they should be doing is comparing it to the transition to a u(...)

Students Lucy Mangan (left) and  Clara Hickey both from DCU at Wednesday’s protest. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Students from across Ireland attended a protest in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon and heard calls from student leaders on the Government to increase in(...)

 A businessman watches a display showing global stock markets  in Tokyo. Photograph:  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Behind the extraordinary volatility on the stock markets over the past week lies one big fear. It is that the western economies can no longer deliver (...)

Welfare cuts contained in the new budget of British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (above, holding budget case), which will reduce payments to large families, will disproportionately hit poor  Catholics, a British Labour MP has claimed. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne’s multi-billion welfare cuts, which will reduce payments made to large families, will disproportion(...)

British Ukip  leader Nigel Farage    in Hartlepool on Tuesday. “The anti-English hostility and the kind of language that is used about and towards English people is totally extraordinary.” Photograph:  Nigel Roddis/EPA

Middle-income earners in the UK will face higher tax bills regardless of who wins the May 7th general election, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IF(...)

British chancellor George Osborne accepted that public scepticism and “fatigue” is growing about the election offerings of all parties.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The borrowing and spending plan of all of the main British parties in the general election leave voters “in the dark” about the spending cuts and t(...)

This week, the latest Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland statistics  were published in Edinburgh. They show that Scotland was £12.4 billion (€17.4 billion) in the red last year. Photograph: PA

People should start looking over their shoulder in search of approaching trouble when they hear politicians accusing critics of talking a country down(...)

George Osborne, UK chancellor of the exchequer, during a speech in Birmingham, on Monday. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The UK faces years more of austerity, along with billions in cuts to the welfare budget, chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has said.Mr Osborn(...)