European Commission foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell told EU ministers: ‘Sometimes there are events that catalyse history, that create a breakthrough, and I think that Afghanistan is one of these cases.’ Photograph:  Jure Makovec/AFP

EU defence ministers have discussed forming a “rapid response” force of 5,000 troops to increase the bloc’s ability to act independently of the United(...)

Lorries leave a ferry at the port of Dover in Kent as the clock ticks down on the chance for the UK to strike a deal before the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Britain reiterated on Saturday that it would prefer to leave the European Union with no trade deal rather than compromise its independence while there(...)

 Josep Borrell (centre) in the European Parliament. “I just really find it difficult to understand. I can’t explain this to anyone, not in Brussels and not in Germany.” Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

David McAllister describes himself as “a German politician with a British background”. The son of a Scottish soldier who married a German woman in (...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media in Neudietendorf near Erfurt, Germany, yesterday. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is meeting German chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin on Thursday where the two will discuss the possible second extension of ar(...)

Graham Burke scored twice for Shamrock Rovers in their 5-0 win over Bray Wanderers in Tallaght. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers 5 Bray Wanderers 0 Graham Burke scored twice on his return to a Shamrock Rovers shirt following international duty with the Republic (...)

Bohemians 1 Shamrock Rovers 1 Rob Cornwall salvaged a point for Bohemians in equalising Ronan Finn’s strike as the sides swapped late goals in a Dubl(...)

 DIT manager Billy O’Loughlin’s side proved too strong for an outclassed IT Tralee. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

IT Tralee 1-7 DIT 2-17 A two-goal salvo just before half time by wing back Enda Flanagan from Cavan ended this one-sided Sigerson Cup quarter-final (...)

Dundalk defender Niclas Vemmelund and Shamrock Rovers’s Gary Shaw in action during last night’s FAI Cup semi-final at Oriel Park. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

After Friday’s slightly tame semi-final at Turner’s Cross, Rovers lit this one up with a second-half display that made clear their determination to ma(...)

Brandon Miele scores Shamrock Rovers’ fourth goal to complete his hat-trick in the FAI Cup quarter-final against Blueball United at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bluebell United 2 Shamrock Rovers 4 Brandon Miele scored a sublime hat-trick at Tallaght Stadium to end non-league Bluebell United’s interest in the (...)

Shamrock Rovers’ Brandon Miele tussles with  Lukas Pauschek of Mlada Boleslav at the Mestsky Stadium. Photograph: Radek Petrasek/Inpho

FK Mladá Boleslav 2 Shamrock Rovers 0 (FKMB won 5-2 on aggregate) Already facing a mammoth task following the first leg, Shamrock Rovers duly bowed(...)

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