Rory Montgomery has been hired by Vulcan as a special adviser.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Lucinda Creighton’s Vulcan Consulting has hired former diplomat Rory Montgomery as a special adviser. Vulcan is the Government and EU consultancy, wh(...)

‘Unfortunately, some [businesses] will react by postponing any preparations.’ Photograph: Revenue

Businesses will be reluctant to recruit staff for Brexit because of the uncertainty around the timing of the UK’s departure despite last week’s six-mo(...)

Rory Montgomery: regarded as the “intellectual powerhouse on all things European”.

Most Thursday mornings they meet in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at Iveagh House on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green. There are no green jer(...)

It is understood that, following receipt of the initial assessments or legal, operational and regulatory issues before Christmas, the departments have now been asked for full lists on potential policy responses.   Photograph: Brian O’Leary/RollingNews.ie

The Government is pushing ahead with contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, in the event the UK leaves the EU without an agreement. Government d(...)

Last year the Dublin institute lobbied the department for funding to set up a forum for sharing information and planning strategies to deal with the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.  Photograph: Brian O’Leary/RollingNews.ie

The Department of Foreign Affairs expressed reservations about a proposal from the Institute of International and European Affairs think tank to set (...)

Mike Russell: Brexit represents “a serious threat to devolution. We would have hoped that the DUP would have seen that.” Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The deadlock over the future of the Irish Border has meant that in the multi-rope tug-of-war contest that is the Brexit negotiations, some strenuous p(...)

Department of Foreign Affairs official Rory Montgomery said he was “hopeful” the EU and UK could make progress on Border issues before a key summit of EU leaders next month.

British politicians have now got the message about how serious the Northern Ireland border issue is in Brexit talks after not listening carefully to t(...)

Irish diplomat Rory Montgomery: “We have to make the best of it. There will be positives as well. We now realise as a country that we have to do more, more quickly, of what we should do anyway.” Photograph: Conor McCabe

Brexit is the greatest economic challenge faced by Ireland in the past 50 years, Anne Lanigan, the head of the Brexit unit in Enterprise Ireland told (...)

‘Senior sources say that the pretty broad EU view is that trade is an EU competence, and if and when the British do exit the customs union then the arrangements with Ireland will be the same as the arrangements with the rest of the EU.’

In a file held on the Government’s secure computer system there is a document containing a list of EU countries. They are classified according to th(...)

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny and First Minister Arlene Foster: Mr Kenny told leaders he has instructed Ministers and senior officials to increase the number of trade missions to European countries. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

An all-island forum to respond to Brexit – dismissed out of hand by the North’s First Minister Arlene Foster – could yet proceed, the Taoiseach told (...)

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