Bobby Mcdonagh

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British prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

EU fish talks were always the worst: all-nighters, games of three-dimensional chess reconciling quotas, total allowable catches, “fishing effort”, mes(...)

Then US vice president Joe Biden meets former taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at Government Buildings, Dublin in 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

As the Brexit trade negotiations reach their crunch point, the election of Joe Biden as the next US president has given a last-minute impetus to the p(...)

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen addresses a press conference following the resignation of Phil Hogan. She will decide if Ireland keeps the trade job. Photo:AFP

Now that Phil Hogan has fallen on his sword, it is important to consider whether his Commission mandate was a European or Irish one and what this mean(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte is the leading light of the so-called frugal bloc. Photograph: Francisco Seco/Pool/AFP via Getty

The talks that began on Friday continue as most of Europe begins its working week. The reaction to seeing the talks drag on days longer than planned i(...)

Grafton street

Will it be July or September? Whenever it is, it will be to a much changed world. In China, normality is creeping back. Shops are reopening. Pe(...)

Boris Johnson: For a politician about to reach the high office –  nobody appears to trust a word he says. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Senior figures in the Irish Government no longer wonder about whether they will be faced with Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt as the next British prime m(...)

If Michel Barnier were to become the European People’s Party candidate for commission president, he has a proven understanding of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

With important high-level European Union appointments due to be discussed again at the EU summit starting today, it is important to consider where Ire(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May and German chancellor Angela Merkel during a lighter moment at the start of this week’s emergency summit in Brussels. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel went out of her way to include UK prime minister Theresa May in a lighter moment at the start of this week’s emergency(...)

“Yes” campaigners celebrate after the Lisbon Treaty referendum, outside Dublin Castle on  October 3rd, 2009. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

An insightful Spanish diplomat once suggested to me that the problem with a referendum was that it’s like inviting somebody to the cinema. If they say(...)

Rory Montgomery: regarded as the “intellectual powerhouse on all things European”.

Most Thursday mornings they meet in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at Iveagh House on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green. There are no green jer(...)

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