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Dafhyd Flynn in Michael Inside, the best new Irish film at the Galway Film Fleadh

There was a time when you could take the temperature of the nation by glancing at the tight handful of Irish features premiering at the Galway Film Fl(...)

 Galway manager Kevin Walsh celebrates with Gareth Bradshaw after winning the Connacht Senior Football Championship final replay against Roscommon last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is one of the more surreal juxtapositions in GAA history, the sort of thing you wouldn’t swear on a stack of bibles actually took place except the (...)

Slow Brexit? David Davis, UK exiting the EU secretary (left) and  Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the EU. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

At 7am on Friday, June 23rd last year, as the last votes in the EU referendum were being counted and the pound collapsed on currency markets, David Ca(...)

British prime minister Theresa May: before Brexit she predicted “Border controls” if the referendum was carried; now, she speaks disingenuously of a “frictionless” Border. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

How would you like your Brexit served? Hard? Harder? Soft? Open? And what about your side dish of Irish Border; how would you like that done? Hard or (...)

Leader of the DUP Arlene Foster and Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds stand on the steps of 10 Downing Street before talks with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Talks are continuing between the DUP and British prime minister Theresa May in an effort to reach an agreement to support a new Conservative governmen(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  and British prime minister Theresa May:  aim “to strengthen the commitments and obligations of internet operators to delete any content promoting hatred and terrorism”.  Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron and British prime minister Theresa May have threatened to make internet corporations legally liable for the use of so(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster

The DUP leader Arlene Foster is expected to meet with the incoming taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin later this week, with officials making preparation(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and  deputy leader Nigel Dodds arriving at 10 Downing Street in London for talks on a deal to prop up a Tory minority administration. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Talks between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) about a confidence and supply agreement are expected to continue on Wednesday(...)

Arlene Foster and the DUP pictured at Stormont.  Through long experience, the politicians of Northern Ireland are masters of power-sharing, deal-making and concession-squeezing. They will run rings round the Tories.  David Young/PA Wire

I agree with Jeremy. As the Labour leader told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday, the present parliamentary configuration is more or less unsustainable.(...)

“One thing Leo Varadkar needs to beware of is pandering too much to the impatient younger TDs clamouring for promotion.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar’s dilemma about who to drop and who to promote to Cabinet is giving him his first taste of what it is like to be a party leader with the (...)

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