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The 24 heads of state who are members of the Defence Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco), on the side of the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Ireland has formally joined Pesco, the new European defence co-operation mechanism, days after a Dáil vote endorsing the move. EU leaders meeting a(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May arrives for an  EU summit in Brussels, where EU leaders are to agree formally that sufficient progress has been made to move to next phase of talks. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Theresa May’s fellow European leaders warned her last night that any backsliding on the UK’s commitments in last week’s agreement would see negotiatio(...)

Ruth Coppinger: she cited the success of the anti-water charges campaign, and said it had been organised totally through social media. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has lost a Dáil vote on a Fianna Fáil Bill to make it a crime to use automated social media accounts to manipulate online political deb(...)

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will now include concessions for small traders. File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The controversial Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is set to return to the Seanad on Friday to complete all stages. The legislation will now include conc(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives at the European Council meeting in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spelled out in blunt terms what the Brexit agreement between the EU and the UK means to the Irish Government. He said las(...)

 Sinn Féin  welcomed publication of a  letter  signed by 200 northern nationalists that cited a  “sense of abandonment” over Brexit, the Stormont impasse, and the  DUP-Tory Westminster deal. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

An open letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, signed by 200 Northern nationalists of varying prominence, has called on the Irish Government to address the(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris says “detailed consideration” would be given to the findings of the Oireachtas committee’s final report, due to be published on December 20th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government is working to a timetable for a referendum on abortion in May, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. He said most of the work on the Bills (...)

An anti-Brexit protester stands outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

The relief in Brussels was palpable. Despite its ambiguities and conditionalities, notably on Ireland, the phase-one divorce deal on key priorities re(...)

The Government has rejected a  Bill that would make it a crime to use automated social media accounts or “bots” to manipulate online political debates. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government has rejected a Fianna Fáil Bill that would make it a crime to use automated social media accounts or “bots” to manipulate online politi(...)

A queue outside the Capuchin Centre in Dublin last December. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government has been criticised over its contribution to the work of the Capuchin Centre in Dublin, which provides 300 breakfasts and 700 dinners t(...)

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