Former EU officials at Trinity College Dublin David O’Sullivan, Romano Prodi, Catherine Day and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: EU contributions a small price to pay for “enormous intangible benefits”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called the State’s financial contribution to the European Union “a steal” and “really cheap” compared to what the country g(...)

Former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi has travelled from northern Italy to Ireland to speak at a conference at Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters.

Former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi has been given the all-clear to participate in a public conference at Trinity College Dublin after travelli(...)

David O’Sullivan’s last official posting was as EU ambassador to the US from 2014-2019. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The EU and UK could agree a “device” to extend the transition period if talks fail to secure a trade deal by the July 1st deadline, a former European (...)

Hungary’s prime minister Victor Orban estures as he addresses a press conference at the end of a European People’s Party meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 20th. Photograph: by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has hailed his party’s “agreed suspension” from the biggest bloc in the European Parliament as a triumphant comp(...)

There’s more to people than quick and easy judgments would suggest. That applies to those see angels, conservative Catholics, writers of haiku, ex-partners – and yourself.

Wandering around a cemetery the other week, I spotted the headstone of a man who had once startled me by asserting his belief in angels. Such a belief(...)

Peter Sutherland, UN special representative on migration, is due to address the conference of Irish diplomats in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland’s response to the UK’s decision to leave the EU will top the agenda when Irish ambassadors and senior diplomats from across the world gather i(...)

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness is one of 12 vice-presidents of the European Union. Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The European Commission held its final meeting of commissioners before the summer break yesterday, as the EU prepared for its annual August wind-down.(...)

Government chief whip Paul Kehoe told the Irish Examiner he expected Taoiseach Enda Kenny to serve “another five years and more” if he returned as Taoiseach following the next general election.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Enda Kenny is planning to serve a full term as Taoiseach if re-elected and go on to fight another election, according to the Government chief whip. P(...)

The cold winds of the east blew into Brussels this week as the new head of the European Council arrived in the EU capital and an icy fog descended on (...)

Former Polish Prime Minister and newly elected President of the European Council, Donald Tusk: The European Commission took a cautious approach to British prime minister David Cameron’s immigration announcement. Photograph: Piotr Wittman/EPA

The European Commission took a cautious approach to British prime minister David Cameron’s announcement yesterday that he will curb EU migrants’ acce(...)

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