The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil he was aware of the various anonymous briefings but did not think much of them “whether from Downing Street or from my own ranks”. File photograph:  Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

A referendum in the North on EU membership risks becoming a border poll on a united Ireland and could divide the two communities, Taoiseach Leo Varadk(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, beside Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The idea of a “Stormont lock” on the Brexit backstop in any form is a non-runner, the European Commission made clear on Wednesday . In Brussels, whic(...)

Patricia King, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Trade unions have said the Brexit proposals tabled by the UK government have enormous implications for workers and that the authorities in Ireland mus(...)

Commission officials have  warned there is an effective deadline of this Friday for any proposals that may be put to the EU summit  the following Thursday.  Photograph: PA

Ten days from the European summit in Brussels where do we stand? Are we any closer to a Brexit deal? All the cross-channel megaphone diplomacy notwi(...)

Belfast’s High Court ruled on Thursday that abortion laws there are incompatible with the UK’s human rights commitments. Above, Sarah Ewart (front centre) leaves the court after her case was upheld. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The representative body of Irish Catholic Bishops has called for the restoration of the devolved administration in Stormont in an effort to block the (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson told parliament ‘we have already moved quite some way’. Photograph: EPA

Boris Johnson is planning a tour of European capitals at the weekend in an attempt to win support for his Brexit proposal, as he signalled that he is (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “I think there was a degree of triumphalism that did get the back up in unionist quarters and elsewhere which I think has given rise to all of the difficulties.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Micheál Martin has criticised the Government’s early handling of Brexit negotiations, saying he would have resisted the temptation to “lord it over th(...)

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty: “The DUP should not have a veto on Brexit.”

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has warned the Minister for Finance “not to use Brexit as an excuse” in the forthcoming Budget. Minister(...)

DUP’s Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds exit 10 Downing Street following meeting with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

There were some indications in Northern Ireland on Wednesday that the North was heading into “I can’t believe it’s not the backstop” territory. There(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader  Nigel Dodds. Foster said any solution for the Border, notably the backstop which she opposes, must command the support of both communities in the North. Photograph: by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Central to the discussions on Brexit and the backstop these days is Boris Johnson’s repeated insistence that the latter is inherently “anti-democratic(...)

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