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Labour MP Hilary Benn:  ‘This is one example of how Brexit is proving to be very costly for our country.’ Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The British government has stood down an army of 6,000 civil servants who had been preparing for a no-deal Brexit, at an estimated cost of £1.5 billio(...)

 Northern  Secretary Karen Bradley. The DUP is not  pleased by her declaration  that Dublin would have an input into direct rule  under  the Belfast and St Andrews agreements. Photograph: Getty Images

The declaration by Sir Mark Sedwill, Whitehall’s most senior civil servant, that Northern Ireland faces direct rule from London if the UK quits the Eu(...)

The powers of the Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley, have been expanded since the assembly was suspended. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The head of the senior civil servants’ union has called for direct rule to be imposed in Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Dave Penm(...)

The scene of the crash on Drumcondra Road Lower. Photograph: Collins

A man and a woman have died following a car crash in Dublin on Friday morning. Gardaí said the man (70s) and a woman (34) were sole occupants of the (...)

The underground command centre in Whitehall will act as a base of operations to deal with requests for Ministry of Defence support from other departments as well as directing the troops. File photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

The British armed forces have set up a command centre in a bunker under the ministry of defence as part of contingency plans for the UK crashing out o(...)

Jon Jonsson was picked up on CCTV at the entrance to Highfield Nursing home, which is immediately adjacent to the Bonnington Hotel.

Detectives have made a fresh appeal to the public for help in finding an Icelandic man who went missing in Dublin two weeks ago. Gardaí have said sea(...)

 Heavy Garda presence outside the Special Criminal Court   after the case against Regency Hotel gun murder accused Patrick Hutch collapsed. Photograph:  Collins Courts

The fallout from the collapse of the trial of Patrick Hutch for the murder of David Byrne is only just starting and is likely to be bloody and difficu(...)

Det Garda Jonathan Brady leaves the Special Criminal Court in Dublin where he gave evidence in the trial of Patrick Hutch Jnr. Photograph: Collins Courts

The trial of Patrick Hutch for the murder of David Byrne was highly unusual in that photographs were the key evidence. And those pictures were taken b(...)

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is due to report back to parliament on her negotiations with the EU on February 13th. Photogarph: Reuters

British prime minister Theresa May has said she will be “battling for Britain” when she returns to Brussels to seek a “pragmatic” Brexit deal that can(...)

A laptop in Stormont shows a live feed of DUP leader Arlene Foster giving evidence to the RHI inquiry on the “cash for ash” scandal. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two years ago, following days of political fever, a tiny group of journalists was called hurriedly to Martin McGuinness’s office in Stormont. There th(...)

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