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British Prime minister Theresa May has said the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) would give Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales an official channel to influence Brexit negotiations before they start next spring.  Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May will today offer the leaders of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales a formal role in shaping Britain’s strategy fo(...)

A 1985 file photograph of former Fine Gael minister and Lord Mayor of Dublin Fergus O’Brien (left), who has died aged 86, with former minister Alan Shatter. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times.

Tributes have been paid to former minister and Lord Mayor of Dublin Fergus O’Brien, who has died aged 86. Mr O’Brien was elected to the Dáil as a Fin(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan before the announcement of  Budget 2015. Photograph: The Irish Times

The budgets of the early 1970s when Ireland was in recession were best captured by RTE’s brilliant satire Hall’s Pictorial Weekly. Eamon Morrissey di(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May’s comments have raised concerns of a possible hardline Brexit. Photograph: Oli Scarff/EFP/Getty Images

A number of proposals put forward by business groups in recent months to help Irish exporters facing difficulties due to Brexit have been rejected be(...)

“Even with the UK outside the customs union, modern electronic customs clearing should make physical Border checks unnecessary.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish opinion was slow to wake up to the possibility of a No vote in the UK referendum on EU membership and, in my experience, had a limited understan(...)

Former Minister of State Martin Mansergh. Photograph: David Sleator

Commemorative events to mark the centenary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and the subsequent Civil War should be fully explored and debated but not(...)

Analysts agree the late  minister for foreign affairs Peter Barry (far left) played a key role during the Anglo Irish Agreement negotiations. This photograph from the signing of the agreement in 1985 shows (left to right) Peter Barry, tánaiste Dick Spring, taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald, British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, British foreign minister Geoffrey Howe, and secretary of state Tom King.

Saturday mornings in the Cork city centre grocery store owned by former Fine Gael tánaiste and minister for foreign affairs, Peter Barry, who died on (...)

Peter Barry  in his office at Iveagh House during his time as minister for foreign affairs in 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus

Former Fine Gael deputy leader, tánaiste and minister for foreign affairs Peter Barry has died aged 88. Taoieach Enda Kenny said Barry died peacefull(...)

Due to an unfortunate oversight, we understand the hotel that hosted the Fine Gael ladies lunch was not given the instruction to limit the free drink to a bottle of red and a bottle of white per table.

A lot of talk about “straws in the wind” in a week when the countdown to Enda Kenny’s departure from the leadership of Fine Gael became the talk of Le(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron (right) appears in a special referendum edition of BBC One’s Question Time, hosted by David Dimbleby, at the MK Arena in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

What would happen if the UK votes to leave the European Union? Many believe the immediate effect would be a change of government in London. It is ha(...)

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