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British prime minister Theresa May: as she takes Britain out of the EU, and probably the single market, she wants to preserve enough time, energy and that ineffable thing called political capital to forge a “People’s Conservatism”. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

It started with New Labour and its commitment to metaphysical impossibilities such as “Excellence for all” and “Giving every child the best start in l(...)

British prime minister Theresa May: she just seems to want to kick things into the long grass. Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

The best indicator of whether Brexit is likely to be “hard” or “soft” is sterling. And the harder it is, the more we will be affected. Next month will(...)

A cyclist passes along the Grand Canal, in Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

On a lucky, crisp autumn day last year, I took my two nephews – brothers aged four and six – to the park. We collected acorns, stones, red and yellow(...)

British secretary of state for exiting the EU David Davis speaks to members of the media at Stormont House in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The British government’s Brexit secretary has said he does not believe there will be a hard Border in Ireland after the UK’s departure from the EU. (...)

Tough-minded negotiator: Peter Barry, left, then minister for foreign affairs, with Tom King, then Northern Ireland secretary, in Iveagh House, Dublin, 1986. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Peter Barry, who died on Friday, aged 88, had a long career in politics but will be chiefly remembered for his contribution to the Anglo-Irish Agreeme(...)

Educate Together has announced that it will open nine new schools across the country. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Educate Together has announced that it will open nine new schools across the country. It marks the second highest total of Educate Together schools t(...)

Sir Antony Jay, co-writer of influential BBC government satire Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, has died at the age of 86.  Photograph: PA Wire

Sir Antony Jay, co-writer of influential BBC government satire Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, has died at the age of 86. Yes Minister was a b(...)

David Corcoran with an address at Collinswood, Whitehall, in Dublin pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Philip Fitzgerald at Clanwilliam Terrace in Dublin 2. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A senior company executive, who beat and began strangling a cyclist for riding his bike on a Dublin city-centre footpath, has been spared a criminal r(...)

With Angela Merkel all but ruling out Ireland getting special status in Brexit negotiations, it is imperative the Irish Government starts manoeuvring through the narrow corridors under Big Ben. Photograph: PA

The lady’s not for talking. Not small talk anyway. As she said during her leadership bid, Theresa May isn’t one for gossiping in the tearooms of Westm(...)

Britain’s newly appointed chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond: this shape-shifting survivor has reached the age of 60 without leaving clues as to what if any ideology motivates all this purring achievement. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Something in his stoop, greyness and aquiline nose suggests Arsène Wenger, the football coach and fellow fiscal conservative, though we cannot be sure(...)

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