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British prime minister Boris Johnson and Finland’s president Sauli Niinisto at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. Photograph: Frank Augstein - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Finland is expected to signal on Thursday it is ready to apply for membership of Nato, a day after it and Sweden signed mutual security pacts with the(...)

DUP leaderJeffrey Donaldson: ‘We will make a decision as to how we proceed’. Photograph: James Manning/PA Wire

Jeffrey Donaldson has left open the possibility that the DUP will block the election of a new Speaker when the Stormont Assembly meets on Friday. The(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is before the Oireachtas health committee on Wednesday morning, where he must put on a performance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

The political temperature over the future of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) continues to rise – and has now entered into a rolling boil that wi(...)

Leading US politicians say overriding parts of the Northern Ireland protocol would ‘squarely threaten the Good Friday agreement’. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Any unilateral move by the British government to override parts of the Northern Ireland protocol would “ squarely threaten the Good Friday agreement”,(...)

In pre-pandemic times, the many strands of tourism here employed more than 300,000 people. File photograph: Getty

The Covid-19 pandemic touched almost every aspect of our lives and left virtually no part of the Irish economy unscathed. However, the hospitality sec(...)

Parade of British royalty at the Houses of Parliament for this year’s queen’s speech. Photograph: Hannah McKay

Queen Elizabeth, who is experiencing “episodic mobility problems” was unable to travel to Westminster to deliver the queen’s speech, leaving it to Pri(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer  at the Palace of Westminster ahead of the State Opening of Parliament in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer’s promise to resign if fined by police for breaking lockdown rules at an election event a year ago is a big g(...)

The prince of Wales delivers the queen’s speech: ‘Her majesty’s government’s priority is to grow and strengthen the economy and help ease the cost of living for families.’ Photograph:  Alastair Grant/PA

Boris Johnson has promised action to deal with a sharp rise in the cost of living but he admitted that the government could not shield everyone from i(...)

William McKeon, president and chief executive of Texas Medical Center, left,  and Leo Clancy, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, at the announcement of a strategic partnership. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Texas Medical Center (TMC) has formed a strategic partnership with Enterprise Ireland to foster collaboration and help solve global health challenges.(...)

The OECD said composite leading indicators   continue to point to growth losing momentum in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images

Real-time economic indicators are pointing to a slowdown in growth across Europe as the continent grapples with high inflation and the costs of war in(...)

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