Sean O Rourke

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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “It is a real challenge for Irish officials or people acting on behalf of the Irish state to enter one of the most challenging areas of conflict in the world”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Government is engaging with “international actors” to help bring Dundalk woman Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter back to Ireland, Minister (...)

Lisa Smith: the suspected Isis supporter has  said she did not commit any crimes in the name of the terrorist group

Local politicians in Co Louth have called for the Dundalk woman who travelled to Islamic State in Syria to be allowed return to Ireland, along with he(...)

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, the contenders to succeed Theresa May, have said they want the backstop removed from the withdrawal agreement. The EU has said the withdrawal agreement will not be reopened

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has raised the prospect of the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a hard border, applying only to Northern Ireland rather (...)

Boris Johnson delivers  a speech at the final Conservative Party leadership hustings,   in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson was in the Commons chamber for Thursday’s votes, chatting and joking with supporters, admirers and ambitious MPs keen to bend the incomi(...)

Derville Rowland, director general of financial conduct at the Central Bank. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The full impact of the tracker mortgage scandal was laid bare in the Central Bank of Ireland’s final report on the issues on Tuesday. It made for depr(...)

Brian Hayes, CEO of Banking and Payments Federation Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“It goes up and down like that,” says Brian Hayes, as he presses a button to move his hi-tech desk lower in the plush offices of the Banking & Pay(...)

 European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government is “standing firmly” behind its nomination of Phil Hogan as Ireland’s next EU commissioner despite a demand for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (...)

Susan Lohan of the Adoption Rights Alliance expressed astonishment at “the tone deafness of the PR people behind this”.

A former resident of a Dún Laoghaire institution now being marketed as The Orphanage by the company that redeveloped it has called for its name to be (...)

Majella Moynihan pictured in the grounds of RTE. Majella spoke on RTÉ’s Documentary on One about being investigated by gardaí when she became pregnant by a male member of the force. Photograph: RTÉ

As visions of dystopia go, 1984 is pretty hard to beat. In an oppressive, male-dominated society, single women wearing distinctive uniforms give birth(...)

Ireland’s first space strategy  aims to double  space-related revenue and employment in space-active Irish companies and to support 100 companies to benefit from ESA engagement. Photograph: Nasa/New York Times

Ireland gets between four and eight euros back for every euro it puts into the European Space Agency (ESA), junior minister John Halligan has claimed.(...)

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