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Boris Johnson  is demanding that the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a hard border, is abolished in order for there to be an orderly UK exit. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

British pro-Brexit MP Marcus Fysh has described leaked British government papers outlining the effects of a no-deal Brexit as the work of people who d(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is expected to speak to British prime minister Boris Johnson this week.  File photograph:  Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Reuters

Leaked British government papers that outline the effect of a no-deal Brexit show the need for an orderly withdrawal by the UK from the EU, Government(...)

Gabriel Makhlouf ‘has been widely criticised in New Zealand for not taking personal responsibility for the incident’, according to Brendan Howlin

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said the appointment of new Central Bank governor Gabriel Makhlouf should be “re-examined”. Mr Howlin made his comme(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley said the Government’s ‘lack of experience and arrogance will hurt Ireland in the coming months’.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has moved to reassert his party’s position on Brexit after one of his senior TDs accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of f(...)

Shane Lowry is the fifth Irish winner of the Open Championship. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins has congratulated Irish golfer Shane Lowry on winning the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Co Antrim on Sunday(...)

Brendan Grace and Noel Whelan

Tributes were paid in the Dáil to two “giants of public life” barrister and commentator Noel Whelan and entertainer Brendan Grace. Fianna Fáil deputy(...)

The Mercosur deal agrees to the importation to the EU of 90,000 tonnes of beef, 180 tonnes of poultry meat and 25,000 tonnes of pig meat a year.

Ireland has the opportunity to ensure legally watertight conditions are included in the EU trade agreement with the Mercosur countries that they will (...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin asked why the Government did not look at core pay. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government has been accused of treating the Defence Forces differently over pay and conditions than other public sector workers because they canno(...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said efforts to tackle rent inflation are not working because the creation of Rent Pressure Zones had given landlords a signal to increase their prices by 4 per cent a year, which was pushing people out of properties. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

The maximum a landlord can increase rent by should be capped at 1 per cent for three years to bring housing inflation in line with EU monetary policy (...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe speaks to media on the conclusion of the National Economic Dialogue at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe signalled this week that the public finances would act as a shock absorber for the economy in the event of a no-d(...)

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