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Lisa Smith from Dundalk (to right of then taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Chief of Staff) converted to Islam and moved to Syria. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said former Islamic State bride Lisa Smith could possibly face criminal charges if she returns to Ireland. Mr Varadkar in(...)

Lodge secretary Keith Roulston and Stewart McClean, deputy master of the Orange Order lodge in Newtowncunningham. Photograph: Freya McClements

In Newtowncunningham Orange Hall in Co Donegal, yoga class is under way. Yoga mats are laid out in rows on the floor; at the back of the stage i(...)

Investors are betting that Christine Lagarde’s nomination to be the next president of the European Central Bank will extend an era of ultra-loose monetary policy in the euro zone.

Irish long-term interest rates have hit a record low as the global bond market enjoyed a powerful rally on Wednesday. Investors are betting that Chris(...)

Experts have repeatedly warned that the corporation tax tide may soon go out, based as it is on the inherently unstable notion of corporate profitability.

Five years ago there was a global outcry about multinational tax, and Ireland, which hosted so many of these companies and their elaborate tax-avoida(...)

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 (...)

A 75cl bottle of white wine costing €5.99 will increase by €1.11. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government is set to fast-track new laws to clamp down on cheap alcohol sales in off-licences and supermarkets, with the Cabinet expected to appro(...)

Collapse of Stormont means the North-South Ministerial Council has not met for three years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

How is any form of Brexit supposed to pass the test set by the so-called “mapping exercise” into impacts on the Belfast Agreement? Perhaps Brexit doe(...)

Pieter Nota, BMW board member in charge of sales: “For us the road is not to force certain technologies through –  it’s more about the end results environmentally, it’s about clean air.

Here’s a 10-pointer pub quiz question: what’s the biggest tourist attraction in Bavaria? No, it’s not Munich’s infamous putsch beer hall, or the Neusc(...)

Douglas Carswell: He said the Irish Government had “played a blinder tactically” in putting the backstop central in the withdrawal agreement but had been “strategically stupid” if its intention was “to bind Britain in” and minimise the consequences of Brexit. Photograph: Getty Images

Britain will most likely leave the EU without a deal at or around the end of October unless there is a time-limit on the contentious backstop, former (...)

Simon Coveney: acknowledged it was Green Party ministers such as John Gormley, Eamon Ryan and Trevor Sargent who first introduced the idea of carbon budgets. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The Government has strongly defended its climate action plan at the first of a series of town hall meetings on climate change amid claims the plan is (...)

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