Ray Bassett

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The GAA HQ team remember the 14 victims who lost their lives in the Bloody Sunday tragedy 100 years on at the launch of the GAA Museum’s Bloody Sunday centenary events series at Croke Park.  Photograph  Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

This year’s GAA Museum summer school heard on Friday in Croke Park that the hard part of the current wave of centenaries is still to come with the 100(...)

Newly elected Cabinet of the 33rd Dail meet for their first cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A steadfast refusal to spell the name “Micheál” correctly was the dominant theme in the international coverage of Ireland’s historic Coalition deal ov(...)

MPs in the House of Commons after they rejected Labour’s motion of no confidence in Theresa May’s government by 325 votes to 306. Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire

Once again attention turns to the backstop. It’s not the only element of Theresa Mays’ resoundingly rejected withdrawal agreement that irks many in (...)

Ray Bassett, a former Irish envoy to Canada, says there is room for an Irish Eurosceptic party because those concerned about the EU are not represented by the mainstream parties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is the time right for an anti-European Union party to enter the Irish political landscape? Time will tell but the decision to launch “Irexit Freedom”(...)

Former diplomat Ray Bassett has told a meeting at Westminster that the Government and the EU should drop their demand for a backstop agreement on the Border ahead of next month’s European Union summit in Brussels. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has told a meeting at Westminster that the Government and the EU should drop their demand for a backstop agreement o(...)

Dr Graham  Gudgin and Ray Basset claim in “Getting Over the Line: Solutions to the Irish Border” the UK government should pursue the maximum facilitation (max-fac) arrangement – which involves using new technologies – to break through the Brexit impasse. Photograph: Brian O’Leary/RollingNews.ie

A UK/EU free trade agreement and technical solutions to Border crossings would enable the UK to leave the single market and customs union “while prese(...)

 James Byrne and James McMahon attend last weekend’s Irexit: Freedom to Prosper conference in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Flames of populism may have ignited the political infernos of Donald Trump and Brexit in 2016 and sparked growing Euroscepticism across Europe, but in(...)

Ray Bassett: It is time for the EU to ‘stop the insults’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former senior Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has warned that Ireland is on the “wrong track” in Brexit negotiations and says the European Union should sto(...)

Pearse Doherty: said seven SF votes in Commons would have no impact because the British Labour party now supported Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the unforeseen consequences of Brexit is that it has put the issue of Irish unity on the political agenda, Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty told the(...)

 Martin Shanahan: ‘We cannot be complacent, these investments will not fall into our laps, they will have to be won’

The head of the IDA has told the MacGill Summer School in Co Donegal he was confident Ireland would see more “Brexit-related investment” in the coming(...)

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