Freight at Dublin Port: the State  had a trade surplus of €6.3bn  in February.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish exports to Britain jumped 16 per cent in February despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the latest trade statistics reveal. According to (...)

Hard Brexit: “The impact would be devastating,” says Dairygold chief executive Jim Woulfe. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

Dairygold, the State’s largest farmer-owned processor, has warned that its sizeable UK cheese business would effectively be wiped out in the event of (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and German chancellor Angela Merkel greet  Xi Jinping at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The 14th-century admonition that “He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon” is the mantra these days of many European leaders. The devil in(...)

British environment secretary Michael Gove. He said under no-deal there would be zero tariffs on food exports from the Republic to Northern Ireland, while goods travelling from the North to the South could face high tariffs. Photograph: Andy Rain

Northern Ireland farming leaders have warned that a no-deal Brexit would be “catastrophic” for the industry after the British environment secretary Mi(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Thibault Camus/Pool via Reuters

On the last day of his state visit to France, Chinese president Xi Jinping met with president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Jea(...)

An anti-Brexit campaigner holds  a “Grandmas against Brexit” placard as she protests outside parliament in London. Photograph:  Getty Images

There used to be just two types of Brexit, soft or hard. But months of deadlock and impasse have landed us with a third more virulent variety – the di(...)

A lorry passes a poster on Monday in Jonesborough by calling for “No Border” between the Republic and Northern Irelan. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland will insist that the UK must accept and implement the backstop in Northern Ireland even in a Brexit no-deal scenario, diplomatic sources say. (...)

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Energy Show: it  promotes what companies can do to improve efficiency and reduce expenditure

MONDAY Results: IFG. Indicators: German business climate, expectations and current conditions (March). TUESDAY Results: Ferguson, AG Barr. (...)

Britain risks an “economic cold war” with the European Union if it crashes out without a deal over the summer, the UK’s former ambassador to Brussels has warned. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Britain risks an “economic cold war” with the European Union if it crashes out without a deal over the summer, the UK’s former ambassador to Brussels (...)

 British prime minister Theresa May in the House of Commons. File photograph: Reuters

British prime Minister Theresa May will ask the European Union to delay Brexit by at least three months after her plans for another vote on her twice-(...)

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