Kevin O Rourke

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 British prime minister Boris Johnson: By the time of the Brexit referendum in 2016, the Anglosphere had established itself in right-wing mythology as the promised land. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

If the success of a political idea turns on its power to instil hope or optimism in its adherents, then, in its early years, Brexit was a colossal fai(...)

The final section of the M8 Dublin to Cork motorway. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Sitting in a control room in East Wall in Dublin, Kevin O’Rourke and his team watch on a bank of screens as a car leaving Dublin Port slows to a stop (...)

UK Prime Minister Theresa May standing at the dispatch box last week. The House of Commons will vote on her Brexit withdrawal agreement on Tuesday.  Photograph: Mark Duffy/AFP/Getty Images

Monday Indicators: Irish construction PMI (Nov), new vehicle licences (Nov); UK construction orders (Q3), manufacturing and industrial production (Oc(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May is welcomed by Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri as she arrives for the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires:  Brexit debate is still based on a lack of reality about what might be available. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci

Little more than a week away from the House of Commons vote on Brexit and UK politics remains brutally divided – or more accurately splintered. It’s n(...)

The road maintenance budget next year will be reduced by 15 per cent nationally and by up to 30 per cent for local authorities. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The road maintenance budget next year will be reduced by 15 per cent nationally and by up to 30 per cent for local authorities, Transport Infrastructu(...)

We have some leverage now on the Border issue. We can’t let is quietly slip down the order of priorities if these talks are to progress as this could potentially leave us exposed to pressure to compromise somewhere down the road

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney are facing their first big call in the Brexit talks. What assurances do they need on the Irish Border to be able to giv(...)

John McNamee, dressed as a customs worker, during a demonstration by members of Border Communities against Brexit at Carrickarnon, Co Louth, earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish politicians need to get over the fantasy that the return of a land Border on this island can somehow be avoided after Brexit. The soft words in(...)

Brexit effect: It will  be challenging  to find solutions to minimise the impact on trade between Ireland and Britain and to avoid disruption to the the peace process. Illustration: Getty

With the date for the triggering of the British exit from the European Union drawing close it is clear that Ireland is going to face two enormous chal(...)

Demonstrators dressed as custom officials man a mock customs checkpoint at the Border crossing in Killeen, near Dundalk, Co Louth on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

There have been some suggestions in Ireland, since the Brexit vote of June 23rd, to the effect that Ireland and the UK ought to be allowed to cut a sp(...)

‘One of the cheering things in Ireland over the last few decades has been [the development of] a multicultural society which has gone hand-in-hand with secularisation and the opening of borders,’ says historian Roy Foster. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Roy Foster: ‘As long as Irish politics operate fairly effectively, the country has a good future’ It wasn’t all about faith and fatherland. The lead(...)

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