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People attend the ‘Put it to the People’ march in TLondon, Britain, 23 March 2019. Hundreds of thousands of people take part in the protest calling for a referendum on the final Brexit deal. EPA/NEIL HALL

The largest pro-EU demonstration in history took place last Saturday. Ironically, this display of Europhilia happened in a country that is about to le(...)

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Could a trade war with the US bring an increasingly fragmented, populist-riven EU closer together? This was suggested by Financial Times commentator G(...)

Yannis Varoufakis: ‘You [Irish] are such a weird and wonderful people.’ File image: EPA/Marta Perez

Is President Trump going to be allowed to fire nukes and end the world? No, according to former presidential adviser and apparent deep-state operative(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US president Donald Trump: “The risk that Kim is miscalculating, by potentially provoking an American attack, is raised by the unpredictability of Trump.” Photograph: Saul Loeb, Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

The great wars of the 20th century were often preceded by a catastrophic miscalculation. The Germans failed to anticipate that Britain would fight ove(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald with the Cabinet, in Áras an Uachtaráin. Irish commentators have often drawn comparisons between the eloquence of so many MPs and the plodding delivery of most of our TDs.

The sorry spectacle of politics in the UK should give those who casually dismiss Irish politicians as second rate, or even venal, some pause for thoug(...)

 Fintan  O’Toole is nominated for his work in The Irish Times, the Guardian and the Observer. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole has been nominated for the 2017 Orwell Prize for political journalism. Writer Ruth Dudley Edwards has also bee(...)

If Leonard Cohen could do world tours until he was 80, I can surely find the energy needed to be in a classroom all day, teaching kids my favourite subject

A year from now I will not be at my desk at the Financial Times writing mocking columns about the madness of corporate life. I will be standing in fr(...)

“For the UK to concede a separate deal for Northern Ireland with Brussels would endanger Westminster sovereignty, notwithstanding Theresa May’s undertaking to involve the UK’s three devolved territories in the Brexit negotiations.” Illustration: The Irish Times

As Ireland contemplates the effects of Brexit, discussion is turning to how the Border can be kept open and whether that will be compatible with Europ(...)

Ibec CEO Danny McCoy with strategist and author Alastair Campbell  and Mary Rose Burke, Ibec director of strategy, international and corporate affairs. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Ireland may have to review its own membership of the EU if Britain votes to leave, according to Ibec’s chief executive Danny McCoy. He said Ireland (...)

‘A major and far-reaching new approach is needed to improve the supply and affordability of new housing, but wage hikes are not part of the solution.’  Ibec’s Danny McCoy. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Increasing wages to make property more affordable would see Ireland forget one of the major lessons learned in the aftermath of the recession, Ibec ch(...)

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