Pat Leahy

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Murdered  journalist Lyra McKee:  Despite public sympathy and frustration, senior  Government sources are not optimistic of any imminent breakthrough to allow Stormont be relaunched. Photograph: Family handout

The British and Irish governments are doubtful that negotiations to get Stormont back into operation can be brought quickly to life, despite public ou(...)

Taoiseach Minister Leo Varadkar  and French President Emmanuel Macron leave after a special EU summit on Brexit at the European Council in Brussels. Photograph Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The first outcome of last night’s marathon European Council summit is the most important for Ireland: no crash-out Brexit tomorrow night. Amid the pr(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media in Neudietendorf near Erfurt, Germany, yesterday. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is meeting German chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin on Thursday where the two will discuss the possible second extension of ar(...)

 As the European Commission acknowledged that a no-deal outcome was growing more likely, it  said it would immediately apply its rules and tariffs at the border with the UK. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Senior Government sources have said intensive planning is taking place with the European Commission on how to avoid a hard border in Ireland in the ev(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) with other EU leaders at the European Council summit in Brussels. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Everything revolves around the leaders. The 28 heads of government who comprise the European Union’s highest decision-making body, the European Counci(...)

Withdrawal agreement: Three documents were published  which will carry varying degrees of legal force. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

British attorney general Geoffrey Cox has declined to change his legal advice on the withdrawal agreement and the backstop - throwing politics in the (...)

British prime minister Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Voters in Northern Ireland overwhelmingly reject a hard Brexit, would vote to remain in the European Union in a second referendum and would prefer che(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds at Westminster: A whopping two-thirds of Northern voters said they thought DUP MPs were doing a bad job of representing Northern Ireland in London. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

One of the striking things about today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll findings is the degree to which views in Northern Ireland on Brexit and the polit(...)

A drugs seizure by gardaí in Athlone, Co Westmeath, earlier this month

Nine in 10 Irish adults are in favour of intervention from health professionals when it comes to a loved one’s drug use but not intervention from gard(...)

EU Council President Donald Tusk and  Leo Varadkar gesture as they give statements after a meeting at the European Council headquarters. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

To Hell and Back . . . Theresa May travels to Brussels on Thursday to meet EU leaders including president of the European Council Donald Tusk. His co(...)

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