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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK prime minister Theresa May in Farmleigh House, Dublin Photograph: AFP/Maxwells/Getty

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May discussed Brexit and Northern Ireland at a private dinner in Farmleigh House in Dublin l(...)

A cormorant flies over the South Wall as storm Ophelia builds off the East Coast. The story fascinated a public obsessed with meteorological matters. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

My late grandma never missed the weather forecast on TV. In fact, she never missed either of the evening weather bulletins – the one after Six O’Clock(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar holds a press  conference in Dublin on Friday morning after the European Commission announced that “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Relief was already a welcome guest at the table as the Cabinet sat down for its Christmas dinner in the National Gallery, next door to Leinster House,(...)

Department of Foreign Affairs official Rory Montgomery said he was “hopeful” the EU and UK could make progress on Border issues before a key summit of EU leaders next month.

British politicians have now got the message about how serious the Northern Ireland border issue is in Brexit talks after not listening carefully to t(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: I intend to recruit a number of special advisers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been planning his ascent to the top of the political mountain for a long time. Now that he has reached the summit, it was (...)

Liam Irwin of the Revenue Commissioners said that within 10-15 km of the Border there could be “trade facilitation posts” to allow for customs declarations on incoming goods. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Customs checks after Brexit may not be on the actual Border but “somewhere in proximity” to it, a senior Revenue official has said. Liam Irwin, of (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to media  at an EU summit in Brussels on Saturday.  Photograph: Olivier Matthys/AP

In the tumultuous early days of the economic crisis, it quickly became apparent inside Government that the State’s efforts to defend its corner and sa(...)

Mr Flanagan said he detected shifts in attitudes in both the UK and the rest of the EU bloc ahead of Brexit negotiations. Photograph Niall Carson/PA Wire

Divorce talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom must not be allowed to get “bogged down” at the outset with a dispute over the size o(...)

‘Senior sources say that the pretty broad EU view is that trade is an EU competence, and if and when the British do exit the customs union then the arrangements with Ireland will be the same as the arrangements with the rest of the EU.’

In a file held on the Government’s secure computer system there is a document containing a list of EU countries. They are classified according to th(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk speaks to journalists as he arrives in Bratislava on Thursday for the summit of  EU leaders taking place on Friday. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders of European Union member states gather in Slovakia on Friday for their first summit since Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in J(...)

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