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French president Emmanuel Macron has secured the presidency of the OECD ministerial Council for France for the first semester of 2018. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron says that his proposal for a new revenue tax for US tech groups is not a threat to the Irish economy but aimed at cre(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: “The fact is the DUP is betraying the people of the North and the clear vote against Brexit.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The British government no longer provides “absolute protection” for Northern Ireland’s union with Britain, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has asserte(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he regrets comments he made in 2015 when he said he had an exit strategy from politics because he ‘definitely’ wanted to do something else. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has changed his plan to step down from politics by the time he’s 51, insisting he will be around for as long as he is wanted. (...)

‘It is right that we have high standards here’

Come home, nurses. We need you. That was the clear message of a two-year HSE recruitment campaign aimed at bringing back Irish nurses who had emigrate(...)

Ah the lads, tis yourselves. Taosieach Bertie Ahern leads his troops to lunch at a Fianna Fáil Nice treaty meeting in 2002. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Here’s what’s going to happen in 2018. Apologies if some of these predictions are a bit vague but I spilled egg nog all over my crystal ball/laptop sc(...)

Gardaí restrain protesters outside Cavan District Court against the rearrest for extradition of Maze prison escapee Anthony Kane in November 1987. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Apart from the running catalogue of terrorist and related events in Northern Ireland, the single most contentious issue in Anglo-Irish relations for (...)

The eight-man IRA unit killed in a shoot-out with soldiers following the bombing of the Loughgall RUC station. Clockwise from top left: Gerard O’Callaghan, Antony Gormley, James Lynagh, Eugene Kelly, Declan Arthurs, Patrick McKerney, Seamus Donnelly and Patrick Kelly. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was rumoured to have set up a notorious IRA gang for ambush by the SAS as they tried to blow up a police station in Ma(...)

The British and Irish governments are presenting Stormont talks and BIIGC meetings as competing rather than complementary approaches. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Leo Varadkar has finally acknowledged the limits of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC). In November, he told the Dáil that “if no(...)

Martin Browne with farmers weeding their maize seed production area in East Timor.

I first visited East Timor (Timor-Leste) in 2005, as a backpacker embarking on an overland trip back home. Though I spent just over a week in the coun(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said he and British prime minister Theresa May would make another effort to promote agreement between the northern parties in the new year on re-establishing the powersharing institutions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government will seek to have the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference convened in the new year if there is no breakthrough at Stormont to re(...)

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