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 Leo Varadkar meeting with UK prime minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel last week. Photograph: PA

The UK’s rejection of the Northern Ireland backstop in the Brexit deal and the EU’s rejection of an alternative from British prime minister Boris John(...)

 British prime minister Boris Johnson walks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the grounds of Thornton Manor Hotel in Liverpool, England, on Wednesday. Photograph: Noel Mullen/Government Press Office via Getty Images

Climbers on the notorious north face of the Eiger in Switzerland often battle against ferocious life-threatening storms while the village of Grindelwa(...)

The North’s secretary of state, Julian Smith, held out some hope for a deal on Thursday. In a tweet, Mr Smith said the administrators of the business needed ‘space to get a deal over the line’. Photograph: PressEye

Wrightbus, the Ballymena bus-builder, faces liquidation as early as Friday after Jeff Wright, the pastor and majority shareholder of the property comp(...)

Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings. Photograph:  Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smyth has rejected suggestions that the United Kingdom might withdraw cross-Border security co-operation as(...)

Harland and Wolff workers protesting at the Belfast shipyard regarding the future of the company. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Closure-threatened Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff has been saved. The business has been bought for £6 million (€6.77m) by InfraStrata, a company (...)

Northern Ireland secretary of state Julian Smith. ‘To those who lobby me to change the law, I say the only way is for Northern Ireland’s political leaders to form a government,’ he said. File photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

The British government will proceed to legislate for abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the British secretary of state for the North,(...)

A worker watches on as security staff close the gates at the Wrightbus plant in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A potential deal that could have saved over a 1,000 jobs at the Ballymena bus firm, Wrights Group, was scuppered because of the factory’s “leasing arr(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “We await written proposals from the UK side. We simply haven’t seen any written proposals to date.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has discussed informally ideas about a replacement for the backstop with British ministers, he said on Tues(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking to media at Government Buildings: ‘Of course there are conversations, as you would expect, exploring concepts, what might work, what won’t work.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has had informal discussions with British ministers about possible alternatives to the backsto(...)

  Beef and sheep farms face ‘significant viability challenges’ as they rely heavily on subsidies from Brussels, according to a Central Bank analysis. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Up to one-third of Irish farms could be forced out of business in the event of no-deal Brexit, a Central Bank study has warned. The analysis suggests(...)

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