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Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley said on Monday not accepting the current Brexit  deal is not an easy choice.  Photograph: Bloomberg

British prime minister Theresa May’s controversial Brexit deal cannot be renegotiated and if it is rejected the UK will exit the EU without a deal, th(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels this week ahead of the summit to meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

European affairs ministers will hear a first strongly supportive response from EU capitals to the Brexit withdrawal agreement when they meet in Brusse(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste should not be ‘harbingers of doom’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has ruled out any possibility of her party’s seven MPs taking their seats in the House of Commons to vote for Th(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney  at the opening ceremony of the 79th Fine Gael Ardfheis. Photograph: Donall Farmer/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is “election ready,” Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said as he warned that his party would not stay in Government without clarity on the future (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy at the official opening of phase one of a housing regeneration project at Dolphin House in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The regeneration of 100 homes at Dolphin House, one of Dublin city’s most dilapidated flat complexes has been completed at a cost of €26 million. Ho(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster (right) stands for ‘God Save the Queen’ as Northern Ireland took on the Republic of Ireland at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Soccer fans who booed God Save the Queen at an international friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are “quite frankly idiots”,(...)

A cervical cancer cell. Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said a High Court case is to be taken to force the release of CervicalCheck smear test slides to women.

A High Court case is to be taken to force the release of CervicalCheck smear test slides to women who sought them more than six months ago, the Dáil h(...)

Simon Coveney said neither he nor the Taoiseach ‘will claim victories or anything like that’. Photograph: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

The Tánaiste has rejected claims that the Government is being triumphalist about the deal reached on the withdrawal document for the UK to leave the E(...)

Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar at a press conference on Brexit in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government members zipped their lips, sat back and thought of Germany. In the end, when the Taoiseach addressed the nation at 9pm to say a Brexit dra(...)

The question in Leinster House will soon turn to what Varadkar does with the political capital the Brexit deal gives him: push Fianna Fáil to extend the confidence and supply deal or call an election in the new year?

As the top of the Government strove on Wednesday to project an impression of calm and control, a giddiness fizzed below decks in Leinster House. Tao(...)

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