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EU officials have been preparing options on how to respond if the government of British prime minister Boris Johnson chooses to abandon talks and breach the international treaty. Photograph: JOHN THYS / AFP

The European Union is preparing options to respond if the British government goes ahead with plans to unilaterally override Northern Ireland’s post-Br(...)

Thomas Byrne, who is Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East, said he did not think that Cabinet would seek to remove the language, which has been the source of controversy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne has said he has “absolute certainty” that all procedures legal in Ireland would be permitted under(...)

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the “institutions set up under the Good Friday Agreement aren’t functioning. Photo by Oli Scarff - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Northern Ireland protocol has become a “real problem” and must be “fixed” to ensure that a power-sharing administration can be formed at Stormont,(...)

Thomas Byrne told reporters Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney was in contact with his counterparts in the United Arab Emirates on an ongoing basis about the Kinahans with Daniel Kinahan, pictured, among the family members targeted by US authorities this week.

People associating with the Kinahan crime gang in their Dubai base “need to think twice” about working with them in a light of the new US sanctions, a(...)

In 2017 Kinahan sold his boxing promotions business, which has since morphed into MTK Global. Photograph: Collins Dublin

MTK Global, one of the biggest entities in global professional boxing, has distanced itself from Daniel Kinahan after the US authorities imposed finan(...)

Finland’s minister for European affairs Tytti Tuppurainen  in Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Finland is “likely” to apply to join Nato given that polls show majority public support for membership, Finnish minister for European affairs Tytti Tu(...)

President Michael D Higgins  in Vienna: ‘Every glimmer of hope through diplomacy must be seized’. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/APA/AFP via Getty

Russia’s “immoral and unjustified” war in Ukraine demands a concerted European response and “every glimmer of hope through diplomacy” must be seized, (...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: a suspect package addressed to him sparked a security alert in Government Buildings three weeks ago. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

On a sleepy Friday afternoon three weeks ago, with the Dáil and Seanad in recess and those Ministers still in the whole of their health embarking on S(...)

Refugees fleeing Ukraine earlier in the month. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

The next budget will have to factor in the costs of accommodating tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said, stressin(...)

Protesters stand outside the Russian embassy in Dublin with Ukrainian flags following the news that four senior officials were asked to leave the State. Photograph: Damien Storan/PA

It’s not every day that you launch major reforms to the State’s pension and education systems before you’ve had lunch, and round out the afternoon by (...)

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