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Simon Coveney: “There will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop, end of story.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Reneging on the “backstop” by the United Kingdom to avoid a hard border after Brexit could open parts of the withdrawal treaty already agreed to reneg(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk and Britain’s prime minister Theresa May talk after a group photo-opportunity  in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The security checks at Heathrow Airport are divided into three lanes: the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, and then International. Brexit metaphors(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the start of the European Council summit in Brussels. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

An overwhelming majority of voters believe that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar should stick to his position on Brexit and should not compromise to achieve a d(...)

Fine Gael maintains a strong lead over its rivals, while support for Sinn Féin almost matches that for Fianna Fáil, according to the latest Irish Time(...)

Denis Naughten: His departure from Government reduces the number of votes the Taoiseach can command in the Dáil to 54 – three short of a bare majority when Fianna Fáil abstains. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The shock resignation of the Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, on Thursday has further eroded the Government’s working majority in the Dáil(...)

Former  minister Denis Naughten and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

In the way that car crashes do, it caught everyone by surprise. A smattering of TDs had gathered in the Dáil chamber at 3pm to hear the statement by (...)

Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy said gardaí were on board with current plans to open a supervised drug injection clinic in Dublin city centre, run by Merchants Quay Ireland.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Assistant Garda Commissioner for the Dublin region has told an Oireachtas committee he had not seen “definitive evidence” that decriminalising dru(...)

May promises under no circumstances will there be a border down the Irish Sea, and no diminishing of the constitutional status of the North within the UK. So say all of us, says Dublin

The view in Government circles in Dublin is more or less consistent – the British are preparing to make compromises on the border backstop in order to(...)

Michael Lowry: he said  he approved of Mr Donohoe’s commitment to a cautious budget

Independent Tipperary TD Michael Lowry has indicated he is likely to support the Government in next week’s budget following a meeting last week with M(...)

 Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: his meetings with his ministerial colleagues on the budget in recent weeks have been relatively straightforward. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

With most spending plans for next year squared off with his Cabinet colleagues in recent weeks, the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will hold a s(...)

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