Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: ‘We would not have had peace in Ireland if it hadn’t been for the United States in terms of interventions, support, encouragement and ongoing involvement.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Ireland will not become “collateral damage” on Brexit, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has warned as he kicked-off a series of engagements (...)

The family of Helen McCourt, who was murdered in 1988, at Downing Street with a petition to Introduce Helens Law in England, in 2018. File photograph: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Northern Assembly has endorsed a motion designed to ensure that prisoners convicted of murder and child sex offences are not eligible for release (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, German minister of foreign affairs Heiko Maas, right, and European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool/EPA

National governments around the European Union increasingly believe that London does not want to reach a deal with the EU that would prevent a crash e(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson attends a service  marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey in  London on Sunday.  Photograph:  Aaron Chown/AFP via Getty Images

One of Lenin’s more famous, if not apposite, aphorisms observes that while nothing much can happen for decades, “there are weeks when decades happen”.(...)

Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke arriving at Southwark Crown Court in London to be sentenced for three counts of sexual assault. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

A former British MP has been described by a judge as a “sexual predator” who “told a pack of lies” as he was jailed for two years for sexually assault(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference at Downing Street in London, England, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau- WPA Pool/Getty Images

Relations between the EU and UK plunged to their worst level since the Brexit vote in 2016 on Wednesday when the British government published intended(...)

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said any move to disregard the withdrawal agreement ‘simply cannot be allowed’ as it would be in contravention of an international agreement, not just an agreement with Ireland and Europe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has said any UK attempt to override elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol through upcoming legislation would be “an a(...)

Firms are expected to face difficulty getting shipments through ports unless they have completed the correct customs procedures. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The Government’s new Brexit plan will explicitly warn businesses that anyone trading with or moving goods through the UK will face changes, no matter (...)

First minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish Parliament. Photograph: Fraser Bremner/Scottish Daily Mail/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon has revived plans for a possible second Scottish independence referendum, pledging to publish draft legislation for a new vote before (...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson has seen the Tory party lose a 26 point opinion poll lead over Labour in six months. Photograph: Getty

Labour is now level-pegging with the Conservatives, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer, which shows the Tories have lost a massive (...)

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