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 Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and British prime minister Theresa May during a bilateral meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Taoiseach Government/PA Wire

Theresa May has failed to persuade European Union leaders that Brexit negotiations have made enough progress to justify calling a summit next month to(...)

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at the inauguration of a square named after Jo Cox, a British Labour MP who was killed in 2016, in Brussels, Belgium.  Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The British Labour Party remains wholeheartedly committed to ensuring that there “is no hard Border between the Republic of Ireland and the North of I(...)

New secretary-general of the commission Martin Selmayr has come under fresh attack after suggesting tripling the “transition allowance” for commissioners after they leave office. Under the reported plans officials could receive €13,500 per month for up to five years, an office in the commission, and an official car with a driver and two assistants. Photograph: EPA

Returning to Brussels as a correspondent last summer after nearly two decades away I met for dinner an old friend who had risen through the ranks of t(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s wide-ranging speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg took in issues such a Brexit, climate change, European unity, tax issues and migration. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

It’s Leo Varadkar’s birthday on Thursday. This time last year, he was an ambitious young Cabinet minister with his eye on the top job. On Thursday he(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  “We are going to have to build up new alliances.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A Europe without Britain could potentially be a difficult place for Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Speaking on BBC’s Spotlight programme (...)

People wave “Esteladas” (pro-independence Catalan flags) in Barcelona on the national day of Catalonia, the “Diada”, on September 11th. Photograph:  Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has described it as “the most important political development in the West this year, by far” and it has already throw(...)

Ireland and Northern Ireland  has a 1,450km network of motorways and dual carriageways. This needs to rise to 5,000km so that 85 per cent of the population will be within 10km of their nearest route, says the Ibec and CBI report. File photograph: iStock

Some €12 billion needs to be invested more than trebling the amount of motorway and dual carriages on the island of Ireland to underpin economic growt(...)

Enda Kenny arrives at the EU summit meeting on June 28, 2016. PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

Enda Kenny should step down. Ireland needs a vibrant Taoiseach to bring urgency to our Brexit response. That Kenny’s years of experience counted for (...)

 The Taoiseach, deep in thought... Enda Kenny will have a tough job maintaining a viable position vis-à-vis both the UK and the EU following the UK’s vote for Brexit. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Brexit crisis represents incomparably the greatest challenge for Irish foreign policy since the second World War, the only global crisis since the(...)

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