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In December 2017, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar assured Northern unionists: “The Irish Government has no hidden agenda.” Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

During the difficult, bloody days of 1972, Fine Gael’s Garret FitzGerald wrote to a contact of his in Northern Ireland: “I have had further occasion t(...)

A file image of Port of Ramsgate in the  south east England. Seaborne  was awarded a €15. 7m contract  to run ferries from Ramsgate  to Ostend in Belgium. The  company has no ships. Photograph: AFP

An Irish shipping business that the UK government claimed pulled support from a company contracted to provide ferries in the event of a no-deal Brexit(...)

Simon Harris told Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen that capital expenditure on the project was ‘in line with the expected expenditure profile’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government will this week clash with Fianna Fáil over an apology Minister for Health Simon Harris is due to make over cost escalations at the nati(...)

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, began his career as a pilot with Aer Lingus.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Willie Walsh occasionally recounts how, when he was chief executive of Aer Lingus, he found the notes from the interview he did after applying to be a(...)

Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok at the Border in Co Louth:  hearing first-hand the effects of the Troubles is “very different” from reading about them. Photograph: Aoife Moore /PA

The Dutch foreign minister has said another outcome to the withdrawal agreement is “not realistic” during a visit to the Irish Border. Stef Blok trav(...)

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee at Government Buildings. Mr Varadkar phoned  Theresa May this week and reminded her that it was “unusual” to go back on an agreement

Senior figures in Dublin and Brussels almost seemed to lose the rag this week as events in the House of Commons took another unexpected twist and plun(...)

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(...)

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee   in Brussels last year. File photograph: Philippe Lopez/ AFP/Getty

The UK must live up to its obligations under the Good Friday Agreement to protect the peace process and ensure Brexit does not lead to a hard Border i(...)

Leo Varadkar receives a birthday cake from DCU students and staff in Ballymun. The guest list for the Taoiseach’s birthday party has been putting noses out of joint. Photograph:  Julien Behal

It’s been like living through the opening scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this week in Leinster House, with a cast of increasingly for(...)

 The Bill was supported without a vote Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Seanad has passed legislation banning the importation or sale of goods or services from settlements condemned by the United Nations and European U(...)

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