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Brexit Party campaign rally at Mill Farm, home of AFC  Flyde, in Wesham on Saturday. Last week’s local elections saw a large electoral shift towards parties that are anti-Brexit. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The connections between business – the economy – and politics are not always obvious. Decisions over interest rates and taxes have consequences: not a(...)

Bridget Lawlor (pictured at work in St Chad’s Hospital in Birmingham in  1955) was among the many Irish women to emigrate to Britain to work for the NHS.  Photograph: Raymond Kleboe/Picture Post/Getty Images

It’s a bleak February morning, and I’m walking across Phibsboro, talking with my mam on the phone. The calving season is at its height down on the far(...)

Michelle Obama: knocked Hillary Clinton off the most-admired spot. Photograph: Emily Berl/New York Times

Michelle Obama has overtaken Hillary Clinton as the United States’ most admired woman, a spot Clinton had held for 17 years. Obama won by “a significa(...)

The Brexit debate rumbles on. The various parties cling to their beliefs – even if those beliefs have ceased to make any sense.  Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The Irish love a good death. Actually, no: bad deaths are even better. Like me, you’ve probably had the experience of the regular phone call home, w(...)

Raymond McDaid in Doherty’s Cafe, in the Bogside, Derry

There’s never any shortage of chat in Doherty’s Cafe in the heart of Derry’s Bogside, where staff wearing elf costumes to mark the Christmas season se(...)

Theresa May: frequently resorts to the phrase “our precious Union”. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Reuters

One of the great euphemisms introduced by the UK’s Brexit crisis is “our precious Union”, a phrase used frequently since 2016, and by Theresa May in p(...)

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney with Michel Barnier:  there is widespread concern that the detailed work being done for the planned October Brexit meeting will not be completed. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Ireland and the EU Brexit taskforce share strong concerns over the expected decision of EU leaders to extend time for the Brexit talks, the Tánaiste a(...)

News reports have been hinting at a new flexibility on the part of EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier to give Theresa May a break on how to deal with the problem of maintaining a frictionless border on the island of Ireland. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Another false dawn? Or are prospects for a Brexit backstop deal as promising as some in London suggest? Can this week’s Salzburg summit really see a b(...)

Theresa May dancing in Cape Town. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Those extraordinary videos of Theresa May in South Africa set me thinking, for some strange reason, of the involuntary dancing plagues that afflicted (...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: the negotiations need to intensify. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has warned that a no-deal scenario is now being seriously contemplated within the European Unoin as Brexit talks stall. Mr Co(...)

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