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Taking a hike? Speculation is rife that House speaker Paul Ryan is preparing to step down from the post. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo /EPA

Even by the usual standards of Donald Trump’s presidency, it was a busy week in Washington as the political world prepared for next week’s Christmas r(...)

To some in Brussels the UK’s decision to quit the EU has been eclipsed by the reform agenda set out in September by French president Emmanuel Macron

To the person running an industrial business in a mid-sized German town, the fate of the Irish Border post-Brexit will naturally be of considerably le(...)

EU commissioner Tibor Navracsics, Minister of State Helen McEntee and Prof Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin at the RIA. Photograph: Maxwells

EU negotiators must maintain trust “at a high level” to ensure the United Kingdom fulfils the commitments it made in last week’s Brexit deal, Hungary’(...)

Minister for Health Simon  Harris (2nd left) and Minister of State for mental health Jim  Daly (2nd right) on Tuesday  launched a report on mental health. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography.

Equipping young people with the language and skills to deal with the pressures of social media and online bullying is key to protecting their mental h(...)

Aung San Suu Kyi receiving Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award from Bono at the Bord Gáis Theatre in Dublin in 2012. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

U2 have written to Dublin City councillors urging them to revoke the Freedom of the City of Dublin from Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi over th(...)

The Defence Forces conducted a major exercise in  Dublin last week to assess the responsiveness of the emergency forces during a possible terror attack

Junior defence minister Paul Kehoe will await a briefing with the Defence Forces on delays in the deployment of special forces to a terror attack befo(...)

A well-known political and human rights activist, Jim Cullen served as Sinn Féin’s legal representative in the US and took over as president of Friends of Sinn Féin in 2012. He stepped down from the role this year. File photograph: Simon Carswell

The death has taken place of Jim Cullen, a former president of Friends of Sinn Féin, the political party’s US organisation, and a prominent member of (...)

Scotland’s secretary for external affairs  said the UK government had to adopt “a more inclusive approach” and open up Brexit negotiations to more parties. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK government’s handling of Brexit talks has been “chaotic at best”, according to Scotland’s secretary for external affairs, Fiona Hyslop. Relati(...)

Wives and Partners of  Defence Forces, a group set up to highlight the relatives’ poor pay and working conditions, march to  the Dáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Martina Atkinson sends money and food parcels to her 33-year-old son in Navan, Co Meath. He has 15 years’ service in the Army but struggles to make en(...)

The 1916 Centenary Commemorative medals were presented to a number of Defence Force personnel by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Protests by partners and supporters of the Defence Forces are taking place today at army barracks across the country over pay and conditions. The dem(...)

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