Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage: his suggestion that June 23rd, when Britain voted to leave the EU, should be declared “independence day” has received surprisingly scant support.  File photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Name something that Denmark and the United Kingdom probably don’t have that probably every other country probably does have. As you can already tell,(...)

Jim Allister said that, when asked a question in Irish, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill “looked like rabbits in the headlights”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin, advocacy manager for Conradh na Gaeilge in Belfast was asked how many people in Northern Ireland speak Irish. According to t(...)

 James Byrne and James McMahon attend last weekend’s Irexit: Freedom to Prosper conference in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Flames of populism may have ignited the political infernos of Donald Trump and Brexit in 2016 and sparked growing Euroscepticism across Europe, but in(...)

Nigel Farage: grinning prop for a pint? Photograph: Bryan Meade

What is Nigel Farage for, apart from serving as a grinning prop for a pint or an early-period Trump? Recent incarnations summon up a garrulous travell(...)

Europe of Freedom and Democracy event in the RDS, Dublin: Several people in the audience wore Trump-campaign Make America Great Again caps. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Luke O’Connor applauded and cheered with gusto and occasionally leapt to his feet during speeches at the Irexit conference for those opposed to Irelan(...)

Support for remaining in the EU was consistent across all demographics and geographic areas, and was highest in Dublin, among older voters and the better off. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Just one in 10 voters believe Ireland would be better off leaving the European Union if Brexit resulted in a hard border between North and South, the (...)

Henry Bolton announcing his decision not to resign as Ukip leader in Folkestone on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ukip leader Henry Bolton has refused to step down after the resignation of a number of senior party figures and a unanimous vote of no confidence in h(...)

 Ukip party leader Henry Bolton, who has been photographed with former girlfriend Jo Marney in the bar of a London gentlemen’s club just days after declaring that their romance was over. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Ukip’s ruling committee has unanimously backed a vote of no confidence in leader Henry Bolton. A Ukip spokesman said: “The committee took the decision(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s wide-ranging speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg took in issues such a Brexit, climate change, European unity, tax issues and migration. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

It’s Leo Varadkar’s birthday on Thursday. This time last year, he was an ambitious young Cabinet minister with his eye on the top job. On Thursday he(...)

In a speech in Strasbourg, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said the EU was “the outcome of one of the greatest acts of political creativity in all of human history”. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to defend Ireland’s controversial corporation tax system, saying EU member states should be retain the ability to se(...)

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