Sinn Féin won the highest share of the popular vote (24.5%) ahead of Fianna Fáil with 22%, but it won fewer Dáil seats than Fianna Fáil – 37 versus 38 . Photograph: iStock

When does a new government have to be formed by? There is no deadline for this as there are, in legal and constitutional terms, no rules on forming a(...)

A fishing trawler in the North Sea, off the coast of North Shields, in   England. UK waters are critical fishing grounds for Irish trawlers. Photograph: William Edwards/AFP

The Irish fishing industry has backed the European Union’s commitment to reach a trade deal with the United Kingdom on “continued, reciprocal access” (...)

Phil Cone of Academy Crests in Cork. One way or another, he says, their product will be 12 per cent dearer after Brexit if there is no zero-tariff trade deal covering clothing. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Helena O’Sullivan likes the T-shirts she and her staff buy from Phil Cone’s Cork company Academy Crests. For €22, staff get a T-shirt with the creche’(...)

Michael McNaughton, director of the Insolvency Service of Ireland. Photograph: Bryan Meade

A lack of trust between banks and personal insolvency advisers is blocking attempts to resolve long-term mortgage arrears cases, the State’s new insol(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: Loyalists object to his proposed deal on the basis it  will create an “economic united Ireland”. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AFP

Loyalist paramilitaries could attack ports in Northern Ireland and Britain over Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal putting a border in the Irish Sea, the hea(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan during a symposium on defamation law reform, at the Royal Irish Academy,  Dublin, on Thursday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Removing juries from determining defamation cases and the size of awards was among the proposals suggested at a Department of Justice conference to co(...)

Robert O’Rourke (71) and his wife Christina (66) will be entitled to stay in their home at Woodside, Clontarf until their deaths or in circumstances where they agree to sell the property.

A Dublin court has approved a debt-for-equity swap where a US “vulture fund” will take a 72 per cent share in a Dublin home in exchange for writing of(...)

Peter Sheridan, a former RUC and PSNI assistant chief constable, said  threats made policing ‘much more difficult along the Border’. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Two of Northern Ireland’s former top police officers have rejected the idea of a cross-Border agency to catch those responsible for the torture of Qui(...)

Kevin Lunney, QIH’s chief operations officer and Liam McCaffrey, chief executive.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) have received a second death threat, warning them that they “haven’t learned your lesson” from last m(...)

Goldy Hyder urged the Irish Government to ratify the EU-Canada trade deal, Ceta. Photograph: iStock

Brexit will present a “tremendous opportunity for Ireland” to attract investors concerned about the “short-term pain” facing the UK, the head of Canad(...)

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