Tánaiste Simon Coveney: the negotiations need to intensify. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has warned that a no-deal scenario is now being seriously contemplated within the European Unoin as Brexit talks stall. Mr Co(...)

Stormont has had a 12-month crisis and talks cycle for four of the past five years. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

For Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, “the plates are shifting in Irish politics”. But for Northern Secretary Karen Bradley, the plates are still set for dinne(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said  improvements were being made in Tusla.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The report into the Child and Family Agency “catalogues failures and enormous shortcomings in Tusla and in child protection”, according to Taoiseach L(...)

The Taoiseach said ‘the eyes of the world are on the US and absolutely nobody can defend the scenes of children being forcibly separated from their parents’. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government will convey its “grave concern” to the acting US ambassador about the forcible separation of children and parents in the US clampdown o(...)

 Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald makes her keynote speech during the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis at Waterfront Hall on Saturday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

In her acceptance speech as leader last February, Mary Lou McDonald offered only a glimpse of what her Sinn Féin would offer voters who would, until n(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: “A new and better Ireland is emerging.” Photograph: RTÉ

Sinn Féin is a party of government and wants to be part of a “progressive” administration in Dublin after the next general election, party leader Mary(...)

 Peadar Tóibín TD, pictured at the Sinn Féin ard fheis in 2015, did not speak during the party’s debate on Saturday on changing  its  policy toward  abortion. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Sinn Féin ardfheis has cleared the way for party TDs and senators to vote for legislation allowing for abortion up to 12 weeks when it comes befor(...)

Speculation when Mary Lou McDonald took over as Sinn Féin leader that divisions between the Northern and Southern wings of the party would quickly develop do not seem to have materialised. Photograph: Maxwells

The Sinn Féin ardfheis this weekend will be a defining moment for the party and its new leader, Mary Lou McDonald. When she took over from Gerry Adams(...)

A woman should be the next taoiseach and Mary Lou McDonald is the person for the job, Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (left) has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

A woman should be the next taoiseach and Mary Lou McDonald is the person for the job, Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Michelle O’Neill has said. Speaking a(...)

Sinn Féin deputy Dáil leader Pearse Doherty; Louise O’Reilly; leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill; and president Mary Lou McDonald urging a Yes vote in the abortion referendum. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin faces into its first ardfheis with Mary Lou McDonald as leader in bullish form. The transition from Gerry Adams to McDonald has gone well, (...)

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