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Trade unionist Delia Larkin signing the Anti-Conscription Pledge at City Hall, April 1918. Photograph: National Library

Dáil Éireann: The First 100 Years, 1919-2019 Tuesday, December 11th; Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin; €20/€10 The Houses of the Oireachtas (...)

Some of the male participants scheduled to speak at the MacGill Summer School

The theme of this year’s MacGill Summer School is “the future of Ireland in a new Europe. ” Women, you might be forgiven for thinking, will play a sig(...)

Britain’s former ambassador to the EU Ivan Rogers  has explained how frictionless trade requires regulatory alignment as well as a customs union, describing Theresa May’s decision to rule out  a Norwegian or Swiss model as an act of folly. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

It was standing room only all day (I stood throughout) at a conference in London this week on Brexit and the island of Ireland which saw more than 20 (...)

Television presenter Robert Peston has moved to clarify remarks he made on his ITV show on Sunday about Ireland “undermining” Britain.

Television presenter Robert Peston has moved to clarify remarks he made on his ITV show on Sunday about Ireland “undermining” Britain. Mr Peston said(...)

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(...)

Pearse Doherty: said seven SF votes in Commons would have no impact because the British Labour party now supported Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the unforeseen consequences of Brexit is that it has put the issue of Irish unity on the political agenda, Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty told the(...)

“The notion that Ireland could somehow do a better deal if it was not tied to the EU 27 is laughable.” Photograph: iStock/Getty

A feature of some commentary on Brexit is the depiction of the European Union as a potential threat to this country’s future prosperity rather than th(...)

Enda Kenny with Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and  Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte in The Hague last  month. File photograph: Peter Dejong/AP Photo

The prelude to the Brexit negotiations is over and we now move into a second, more challenging but crucial phase for Ireland. There are three inter-r(...)

Peter Sutherland, UN special representative on migration, is due to address the conference of Irish diplomats in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland’s response to the UK’s decision to leave the EU will top the agenda when Irish ambassadors and senior diplomats from across the world gather i(...)

Daniel O’Connell Summer School academic director  Prof Maurice Bric of UCD has confirmed Dr Mary  McAleese has accepted an invitation to address the event, held annually in O’Connell’s birthplace of Cahersiveen and his home at Caherdaniel. Image: Daniel O’Connell Summer School website

Former president Dr Mary McAleese will give the keynote address at this year’s Daniel O’Connell Summer School in South Kerry, where she will speak abo(...)

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