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Irish Times report on September 12th

Few journalists have been as direct an eyewitness to seminal events in history as Conor O’Clery was to the 9/11 attacks in New York. Mr O’Clery, then(...)

The Squad included Vinny Byrne (standing, left), a group of assassins assembled by Michael Collins

The so-called “Squad” was a group of assassins assembled by Michael Collins, several of whom played key roles in a series of assassinations on the mor(...)

‘We’ll not allow the corruption to steal such an important election’: Donald Trump speaks at a  White House briefing. Photograph: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden is closing in on victory this morning as the race to count votes in Georgia and Pennsylvania continued overnight.   Donald Trump’s lea(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he aims to defend Cap funding levels. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Reuters

The Republic will appeal to fellow EU member states to manifest again the solidarity expressed in the Brexit talks to protect the union’s farm budget,(...)

Growth in the euro zone ‘turned out better than expected in the third quarter but disappointed at the end of the year’. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

A “marked rebound” in Irish consumer and business confidence after the threat of a no-deal Brexit receded is supporting a more optimistic outlook for (...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney briefs Irish journalists in Brussels on Monday, after a meeting with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson has suffered his first defeat in parliament since last month’s UK general election, with the House of Lords backing an opposition amendm(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen greets Croatia’s prime  minister Andrej Plenkovic at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Every new presidency of the EU has its own flavour, its own national initiative to mark it out from the rest and to be remembered by. Croatia, a grou(...)

British defence secretary Ben Wallace during the debate on  Iran in the   Commons. Photograph:  UK Parliamentary Recording Unit

Britain has taken “urgent measures” to protect its nationals and interests in the Middle East, and put ships and helicopters on standby in the region,(...)

European Council President Charles Michel arrives at a meeting of the EU27 leaders on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA.

As “commitments” go it might appear somewhat half-hearted. “The European Council endorses the objective of achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050,” is(...)

 The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier leaving the European Commission in Brussels for a meeting with EU27 ambassadors to discuss an extension to the Brexit deadline. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

France worked with Ireland, Germany and officials of the European Council over the weekend to frame the terms of another British Brexit extension to J(...)

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