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The tariffs on butter will likely hit Kerrygold, which is the second-most popular butter brand in the United States. More than 34,000 tonnes of the Irish product was exported there in 2018.  File photograph: Getty

Irish food and beverage products including Kerrygold and Baileys are to be hit by a new 25 per cent tariff by the United States. The Trump administra(...)

Phil Hogan confirmed his appointment as the EU’s next trade commissioner on Tuesday.

Fine Gael’s Phil Hogan has been confirmed as the European Commission’s next trade commissioner following a grilling by MEPs on Monday. Mr Hogan, who (...)

EU commissioner for trade Phil Hogan arrives for his hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The EU’s trade policy must be used to “promote our values… especially in areas like climate action, sustainable development, labour rights, standards,(...)

Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett  and Bríd Smith of Solidarity/People Before Profit. Murphy has left the Socialist Party to form his own far-left party which he will launch on Monday.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Here’s a heartwarming little announcement aimed at Paul Murphy – who left the Socialist Party on Thursday – which arrived too late for this week’s Soc(...)

 EU Commission president-designate Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

MEPs have blocked two of the nominees for the next European Commission over inconsistencies in their personal financial declarations. The decision by(...)

Incoming  EU commissioner for trade  Phil Hogan: argues that the Mercosur treaty will be the first real leverage the EU has on Brazil’s government over its policies in the Amazon. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The loss of Amazon forest between 1990 and 2016 now totals some 1.3 million square kilometres, at a rate equivalent to 800 football pitches an hour, T(...)

Role reversal: British prime minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Government Buildings, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It is foolish to read too much into body language, but what we saw in Dublin on Monday morning was startling. The Taoiseach was calm, clear, sure of h(...)

 Phil Hogan raised   possibility that the UK may not ultimately exit the EU given that the upcoming election could lead to a new government with a different mandate from the British people.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The United Kingdom may have a new prime minister in several weeks who may decide not to exit the European Union, newly nominated EU trade commissioner(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured at the Fine Gael pre-Dáil parliamentary party think-in at Garryvoe in east Cork on Friday. Photograph:  Provision

The gap between Britain and the European Union over Brexit remains “very wide,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Friday. His comments come as British p(...)

Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the European Commission, said that Mr Barnier had done “an outstanding job. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator and a key architect of a contentious plan to avoid the return to a hard Irish border, is set to stay (...)

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