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(...)

Vladimir Putin: isolation was evident with his placing on the outer edge for the formal G20 leaders’ group photograph. Photograph: Reuters

Western leaders warned Russian president Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Australia today that he risked further economic sanctions if he failed(...)

The outgoing European Council president Herman Van Rompuy says the decision not to set national  emission targets at this point was taken at the behest of member states.    Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the decision by EU leaders to recognise agriculture in the EU’s next climate change package as a “major breakthrou(...)

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy is accompanied by his grandchildren and EU leaders  during the group photocall at the EU summit. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

As European Council president Herman Van Rompuy arrived for yesterday’s summit, the former Belgian premier was well aware that this could be his la(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: discussion of his much-feted €300bn investment plan likely to be deferred until December summit. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit. A discussion on the EU’s climate and energy framework for 2(...)

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