The Covid-19 pandemic created ‘an unprecedented human challenge, and it’s going to require an unprecedented response, and that’s why Medtronic is mobilising all of its capabilities’. Photograph: iStock

Galway-based ventilator maker Medtronic is hoping to make 500 ventilators a week, up from 225 currently, to meet the surge in demand for the life-savi(...)

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney, European Parliament vice-president Mairéad McGuinness, Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at Dublin Port on Friday morning. Photograph: Douglas O’Connor

Pole positions Fine Gael was at sixes and sevens this week over a pause on a vote-management pact between Richard Bruton and running mate Catherine N(...)

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage flag-waving in the  European Parliament. He was told by Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness: “Put your flags away. You’re leaving, and take the flags with you if you are leaving now.” Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, surrounded by associates in ties emblazoned with Union Jacks, made one final attempt to grandstand in the European P(...)

President Michael D Higgins warned that the EU must become ‘a key global actor of influence, and indeed of action’ in wider global crises or ‘it will continue to lose relevance, be perceived as weak’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has urged a new “European conversation” to renew and future-proof the European Union after Britain leaves on Friday night.(...)

 Coast guard divers prepare to go down to salvage a migrant boat that capsized and sunk  off Lampedusa, southern Italy. Photograph: Pasquale Claudio Montana Lampo/EPA

When an unspeakable tragedy occurs, it’s often hard not to think of the final moments of those involved. Thirty-nine people dead in the back of a lorr(...)

‘Just one more thing, ma’am . . .’ If the Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy's hunch is right, then ‘Fobgate’ could put the War of the Buttons into the ha’penny place. Photograph: John Ohle for The Irish Times

We don’t wish to alarm anyone, but Votegate may be only the tip of the iceberg. As the War of the Buttons simmers along gently, awaiting the results (...)

Ursula von der Leyen reacts after the European Parliament voted in favour of her as the new European Commission president. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Newly-elected European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen would back a further Brexit extension beyond October 31st, she told MEPs in Strasbour(...)

If Michel Barnier were to become the European People’s Party candidate for commission president, he has a proven understanding of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

With important high-level European Union appointments due to be discussed again at the EU summit starting today, it is important to consider where Ire(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is concerned by political developments in the UK. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned it would be a “terrible political miscalculation” for anyone in London to think they will automatically get a better(...)

Fianna Fáil’s  Barry Andrews speaking to media during the European count in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

The fourth MEP elected in Dublin, and the fifth in the Ireland South constituency, will have no formal or informal position, no salary, expenses or fa(...)

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