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Cllr Malcolm Byrne (left) defeated Billy Kelleher TD by eight votes. Photographs: File/Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil Wexford councillor Malcolm Byrne has been selected as the party’s candidate for the Ireland South European Parliament constituency. In a(...)

The Cabinet adjourned once more, with Ministers and officials – sustained by late-night sandwiches – gathering around televisions to watch the joint May-Juncker press conference. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

As British prime minister Theresa May prepared to fly to Strasbourg to meet European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker on Monday, some in Taois(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: took call from European Commission president Jean Claude  Juncker on the final wording of the unilateral declaration. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

The idea of Britain making a unilateral statement that it believed it could decide on its own to leave the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a h(...)

Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the European Union,  greets British prime minister Theresa May before a news conference in Strasbourg, France, on Monday.  Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

The British government claimed on Monday night it had won legally binding changes to the Northern Ireland backstop after the European Union agreed to (...)

Paul Murphy, left, said: “The guiding line for us all in this debate should be what Lenin, approvingly quoting Trotsky, argued, that ‘ideological struggle within the party does not mean mutual ostracism but mutual influence’.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Socialist Party will present the truth “in the way which is most digestible to the working class at a particular time”, TD Paul Murphy has said. (...)

British prime minister Theresa May  addresses MPs following the results of voting on amendments put forward by MPs over the Government’s Brexit deal, in the House of Commons, London, on Tuesday. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

Theresa May has promised to seek legally binding changes to the withdrawal agreement after MPs voted to support her Brexit deal if she secures changes(...)

In 2013 the Irish Deaf Society held a protest outside Leinster House calling on the government to legally recognise Irish Sign Language. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A warning from the Irish Deaf Society that it will have to close next month, unless the State grants €300,000 in funding, has led to tensions in Gover(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaking to the media at Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Good morning. The twists and turns of Brexit continue, and there was a major one skidded in yesterday morning. At the daily press briefing in Brussel(...)

Government Chief Whip Seán Kyne recently told TDs that any unapproved absences during the coming Dáil term will be reported to the Taoiseach. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Depending on who you ask, the Independent Alliance operates a tacit arrangement with Fine Gael whereby some of its members go missing for Dáil votes o(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, has declined to attend an Oireachtas committee meeting  to answer questions on the hospital overspend.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An additional €450 million will have to be found to cover a “very significant and disturbing” escalation in the cost of the new national children’s ho(...)

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