Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil TD and education spokesman, said teacher retirement figures show “people are literally running out of the profession”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Education needs an extra €80 million to pay for a doubling in the number of projected retirements from teaching and other education (...)

Mrs Merkel has put the financial transaction tax into her government programme and President Macron has raised French concerns over what the OECD calls profit shifting. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Put simply, the European Union is a Franco-German project initiated by the Schuman Declaration of 1951. Together they are building a European home and(...)

Paschal Donohoe: many of the economic choices facing the State will fall to him. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The MacGill Summer School, held annually in Glenties, Co Donegal, and which has been taking place all this week, is easy to parody. Official Ireland t(...)

Alan Dukes, former minister for finance, spoke at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The only certainty about Brexit is that it will be a “negative-sum game for all concerned,” the former Fine Gael leader Alan Dukes told the MacGill Su(...)

Parliament Buildings, Stormont. An idea in circulation is ‘joint authority’, which the SDLP endorsed in recent weeks as an alternative to direct rule from London. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Last Friday, British prime minister Theresa May went to Glasgow to affirm fidelity to an idea that has seldom looked shakier. Rejectin(...)

A think-tank founder has said talks on article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the provision that allows for a member state to leave the bloc – would lead to a referendum here. Image: iStock

Could Irish voters block a future deal to withdraw Britain from the EU by rejecting it in a referendum? With the clock counting down to the formal com(...)

Catherine Day, a former secretary general of the European Commission, said the UK’s impending departure from the EU would deprive Dublin of an important ally.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The State will have to build stronger ties with other small EU states as the Franco-German axis grows in strength after Brexit, a former high-ranking(...)

Brendan Halligan, chairman and  founder of the Institute of International and European Affairs: “Courage” required to implement the Hume proposal. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The former Labour general secretary, TD and MEP Brendan Halligan has proposed that as a result of Brexit that Northern Ireland should adopt “condomini(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Advocating for the best possible deal for the British is likely to be Ireland’s strategy in exit negotiations

When European leaders gathered in Milan in June 1985, both Ireland and the European project were on the brink of dramatic change. The Anglo-Irish Agre(...)

CAO countdown: To help meet the demand for ICT skills, higher education institutions are offering a range of courses. Photograph: Getty Images

A surge of applications for third-level courses is expected on Friday ahead of the 5.15pm deadline for CAO change-of-mind applications. A record 76,0(...)

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