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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits  some of the stores in the redistribution centre in the Mai Aini refugee centre in Northern Ethiopia. Photograph: Harry McGee

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said his first visit to a refugee camp had changed his perspectives on the issue but also argued it would still be mistaken(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets school children in Kawaneet, Ethiopia. Photograph: Harry McGee

Yesterday was Leo Varadkar’s first visit to the heart of Africa. Sure he had been on the continent for four days but it was controlled. He was in a pr(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Irish troops in Mali during his visit to Africa.

The European Union is willing to give fresh, written assurances about the nature of the Northern Ireland backstop ahead of next week’s key vote at Wes(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has praised British prime minister Theresa May’s latest comments on the Irish Border. File photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said British prime minister Theresa May’s acceptance that ensuring a seamless Irish Border post-Brexit needed to involve mo(...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey  at Dublin Airport in December 1988 on his return from an EU summit in Rhodes.  Further tensions surfaced there with  Margaret Thatcher. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

A number of speeches delivered in the United States by taoiseach Charles Haughey in April 1988 in which he did not condemn violence provoked an angry (...)

A vote for a young maths teacher Eamon De Valera

“Five seconds, four, three, two, one.” We’re on the deck, the control room for the TV studio below, with a wall of screens showing camera views: a pan(...)

Presidential election candidates at the RTÉ Prime Time Presidential Debate; the final all-candidate TV debate of the campaign on Tuesday October  23rd. From left:  Joan Freeman; Liadh Ní Riada, Michael D Higgins, Sean Gallagher, Peter Casey and Gavin Duffy. Photograph: Julien Behal

Michael D Higgins was re-elected President of Ireland with almost 56 per cent of the vote, enough to win the election on the first coun(...)

Ireland’s presidential candidates Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Sean Gallagher, President Michael D Higgins and Liadh Ní Riada: a poll on Wednesday put Higgins at almost 70 per cent. Photograph:   Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The 2018 presidential election campaign is often compared to the campaign of seven years ago. But for a more appropriate comparison, go back another s(...)

 Presidential candidate Peter Casey and his wife Helen at Cabra Bridge, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In a bizarre twist, the most significant battleground of this presidential campaign has been a quiet rural road a few kilometres outside Thurles in Co(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster visiting  St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin on Monday. ‘We are very clear about what we need for Brexit,’ she told reporters. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

A no-deal Brexit would be “potentially catastrophic, really bad for Ireland, bad for the European Union and a disaster for the United Kingdom”, Taoise(...)

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