John Downing: 'A memo to Ms Foster - PM is now warning of united Ireland'
Another manic Monday in the Palace of Westminster has given way to more uncertainty. The UK prime minister announced that she is about to engage...
Another manic Monday in the Palace of Westminster has given way to more uncertainty. The UK prime minister announced that she is about to engage...
Barring Santa Claus arriving early in the Westminster Parliament, accompanied by a reincarnated Elvis...
The Ulster Farmers' Union, in some ways the IFA's counterpart north of the border, is at a very serious crossroads amid this ongoing Brexit crisis.
Peadar Tóibín believes he can borrow heavily from the now defunct Progressive Democrats's political playbook. No, the former Sinn Féin loyalist, who now loudly denounces his old party, has not...
A suggestion that the threat of food shortages be used to force Ireland to drop the backstop has sparked a furious reaction on both sides of the Irish Sea as the British government faces into the...
Harsh drink-driving laws are being so rigorously enforced that people are being checked by gardaí on their way to and from Mass, Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has said.
A senior legal adviser at the EU Court of Justice has said the UK could unilaterally back out of the Brexit process if it wished. It is the job of the lawyer, called an advocate general, to identify key issues in a case and suggest a verdict.
Harsh drink-driving laws are being so rigorously enforced that people are being checked by gardaí on their way to and from mass, Kerry TD Danny Healy Rae has said.
Q. So, what is the latest row about?
"Now is the winter of our discontent/
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has directly asked whether Mary Lou McDonald takes direction from "senior republicans" in her role as Sinn Féin leader.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has directly asked whether Mary Lou McDonald takes direction from “senior republicans” in her role as Sinn Féin leader.
Vulnerable people out of work, or earning low wages, are being forced to borrow from legal moneylenders charging interest rates of up to...
So, abstention is almost 100 years old, Mary Lou McDonald has reminded us.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned there is no fall-back position if the UK parliament rejects the draft Brexit divorce deal finally cleared by the bloc's 28 governments after a year of delays.
Irish EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has hit back at suggestions by a leading British Conservative politician that London should use 'starvation threats' against Ireland in last-ditch Brexit talks.
It was a sultry evening in June 1990 and the Irish were thronged into a great bar close to the Stadio Sant'Elia in Sardinia.
Rules for medicinal cannabis to treat serious illness carry a “chill factor” for senior doctors, the Dáil has been told.
Oliver Cromwell, Britain's 17th century Lord Protector, is seared into the Irish folk memory, his name synonymous with the brutal slaughter of innocent civilians in Co Wexford in 1649. His infamy lives to this day.
Kerry TD Danny Healy Rae has rejected accusations of "speaking out of both sides of his mouth" in a bitter row over a proposed wind farm.
Experts do not have to stand for election. That's why they find it easier to advise the administration of bitter medicine for citizens' long-term good.
The threat of a crash-out Brexit, with an accompanying return of a 'hard Border' in Ireland, remains very real. Theresa May's chances of getting her Brexit deal endorsed by the London parliament remains a major long-shot, though she will put up a great fight.
This time three years ago most of us had never heard the term 'Brexit'.
Childcare costs are increasing by some €15 per week – but qualified childcare workers are quitting because they cannot make ends meet, Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty has said.
Leo Varadkar does annoy Micheál Martin when he tells the nation that in 2011, when Fine Gael first entered Government Buildings, only half the nation had broadband, but now it's three-quarters.
It took just 38 minutes to put the UK beyond the Brexit point of no return yesterday after almost 46 years of EU membership. All the Euro kingpins honoured their commitment to strike a sombre tone at this special Sunday summit in Brussels, with much talk of there being "no winners".
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he regrets the UK’s departure from the European Union – but insisted Ireland has secured a “good deal” from Brexit.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in Brussels today for an EU leaders' summit at which all 28 governments are set to sign off on a Brexit divorce deal with the UK.
Around lunchtime today in Brussels, the UK will cross the rubicon and take a definitive step toward ending 46 years of EU membership, a move which poses huge problems for Ireland.
Spare a thought for the hard-pressed people of Gibraltar, a place which shares a huge chunk of history with Ireland. This final Brexit strop over the Mediterranean rock's status is stuffed with irony.
Our EU partners have "taken Ireland's concerns to heart" all through the marathon Brexit negotiations which are now close to conclusion, European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee has said.
A quick read of the document sketching potential EU-UK links after Brexit leads to one sinking conclusion: this issue will be with us for quite some time to come.
Unless there is something odd out there, there is not much wiggle room left to polish the text of this draft EU-UK Brexit deal.
THE Dáil was on the verge of being adjourned this afternoon as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin sparred over carbon tax increases.
Changes to the tax breaks which will hit thousands of ordinary workers have been put off for a year after a climbdown by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.
It is already encouraging to see that the Taoiseach is not obliged to undertake last-minute shuttle diplomacy around EU capitals ahead of Sunday's decisive Brexit summit.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will this afternoon meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for talks aimed at paving the way for an EU leaders' summit on Sunday.
Changes to the tax breaks which will hit thousands of ordinary workers have been deferred by a year.
With three weeks to go before a vital series of votes in the British parliament, Theresa May has stepped up the tempo of her campaign.
Have you met "new Fine Gael"? It looks rather like "old Fianna Fáil". Leo Varadkar, in another step which will augment growing comparisons with the old Drumcondra fox Bertie Ahern, has hit upon a simple trusted formula to win an election: just lorry in those tax cuts.
Fianna Fáil is playing a dangerous and unhelpful game with Brexit and it should stop it immediately.
The only question now is: how and when will Theresa May exit the UK prime minister's office? Here are some would-be successors.
Fine Gael rank-and-file members are set to throw up a big block in the way of any future coalition government with Sinn Féin.
Here are the only five things you need to know about the Brexit deal, rather than sifting through 586 pages of legal text.
Theresa May is battling to save a draft divorce deal with the European Union after her Brexit secretary and other ministers quit in protest.
For a time yesterday, the 27 EU ambassadors meeting in Brussels over Brexit were "held hostage" by the UK cabinet ministers meeting on the other side of the water in London.
Are we sure there will be no return of a 'hard Border' in Ireland?
A Brexit deal that ensures no hard Border on this island has been hailed as a major victory for Ireland.
THE proposed Brexit deal will be put to a vote in Dáil Éireann, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced.
The next thing Mrs May now needs to do is cajole, bully and bribe her own party. John Downing explains all.
The Taoiseach has asked the Attorney General to study whether the State can take a case to recover legal costs from former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan and his former press officer, superintendent Dave Taylor.
It took all of 29 months since the Brexit referendum to get this far. Now things may finally move - but that might not be in the direction Theresa May would like as cabinet and parliament endorsement for "her deal" is uncertain.
The Taoiseach has asked the Attorney General to study whether the State can take a case to recover legal costs from former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and his former press officer, Superintendent Dave Taylor.
Let's play an old children's game called "supposing - supposing". Let us suppose that British Prime Minister Theresa May gets her Brexit proposals through her Cabinet and she cuts a deal soon in Brussels.
The posh phrase for the machine was the "audience reaction indicator". It dated from an age of single-channel television innocence when a superbly awful man called Hughie Green fronted a talent show called 'Opportunity Knocks'.
To many people away from the Leinster House “political bubble” it looked like a storm in an eggcup. But sometimes the smaller dramas can reveal a lot.
When the row erupted over the two Fianna Fáil rebels' 'Seán South of Garryowen-style' foray northwards last month, one of the duo, Éamon Ó Cuív, raised a little-known historical fact.
People who are sick badly need to be reassured that there are no more “dangerous doctors” working in the health services.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will not be backing down from calls for the HSE to restrict holiday leave over the Christmas period, saying it "makes sense".
That rhetoric machine is doing handstands as the pre-election phoney war ramps up. So what are our politicians saying to one another in essence about the ongoing health service problems?
Fianna Fáil have launched a blistering attack on the Taoiseach over his Christmas health service comments, claiming he was acting like "a radio chat show panellist".
People who need the drug cannabis to help cope with illness and pain are suffering needlessly, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, has said.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has directly called on the HSE not to sanction additional holidays for doctors and nurses over Christmas.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has come under fire for suggesting the Opposition and media should put on the ‘green jersey’ and unquestioningly support his Brexit strategy.
Often tipped as a future Taoiseach, Brian Hayes has announced he will quit politics next summer just weeks ahead of his 50th birthday.
On the face of things the Taoiseach is telling us that he is only trying to help and it is as much in Ireland's interests as anyone else's. Ireland needs a proper Brexit deal as much, or in fact more, than most other EU member states.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned all hospital workers - including consultants, nurses and back-up staff - must work "at full whack" over the Christmas and new year period to avoid the worst ever trolley crisis.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned all hospital workers - including consultants, nurses and back-up staff – that they must work "at full whack" over the Christmas holidays.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has defended his decision to signal Ireland may agree a “review clause” on the Irish border backstop and insisted this did not mean weakening his Brexit negotiating position.
It has been all about giving Northern Ireland some special status without making it look like the North was exiting the EU on different terms to England, Scotland or Wales. That is how things remain. There might be a special EU summit later this month, possibly on November 21, depending on how London reacts to the latest development.
Music promoter John Reynolds will be best remembered as the man who helped rekindle the career of superstar Leonard Cohen, and for changing the culture of Irish music festivals, mourners at his funeral were told.
MUSIC promoter John Reynolds will be best remembered as the man who helped rekindle the career of superstar Leonard Cohen, and for changing the culture of Irish music festivals, mourners at his funeral were told.
LED by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, the Fianna Fáil old guard turned out in strength to say farewell to the party’s former political adviser, Paddy Duffy, on Wednesday.
There are fears tens of thousands of illegal Irish immigrants will be caught by a new crackdown ordered by US President Donald Trump.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to exit politics over two years will weaken her EU power - but Irish officials are confident her Brexit pledges to Ireland still stand.
When Donald Trump was elected US president, liberal commentators hailed Angela Merkel as "leader of the free world". She dismissed the idea as "absurd". Now that she has begun her slow exit from politics, the appraisals of her career have begun with mixed results.
Broadband technology is complex - but suddenly its politics have become very simple.
UK finance Minister Philip Hammond has declared that the "era of austerity is finally coming to an end", as he unveiled his last budget before Brexit.
The 64-year-old low-key German woman has been a household name across the world for the past 13 years. Now she wants to begin to exit the political stage, starting with quitting her party's chair.
Thousands of people face delay in sick pay, causing unnecessary suffering, the Government has been warned.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has sent a "finger-wagging" letter to Éamon Ó Cuív and Mark Daly, warning them off any repeat of their party endorsement of a council candidate in the North.
Fianna Fáil's leadership has been accused of "closing the door too early" on the prospect of party membership for presidential runner-up Peter Casey.
I do not believe the bulk of the more than 340,000 voters who opted for Peter Casey are motivated by racism. I find it more likely they are disillusioned with our politics right now and still suffering the after-effects of the appalling economic crash.
Fianna Fáil won't be making space on their election card for Peter Casey, despite his massive vote.
Has Mary Lou McDonald's Sinn Féin lost its campaigning edge under her leadership?
John Downing offers six lessons the six presidential candidates can teach us – and themselves:
A big win by Michael D Higgins - backed by six out of 10 voters - is hardly big news. The vote for maverick Independent Peter Casey really is the story of this presidential election.
Turning 60 can be tricky. Life reflections can tend to the gloomy side: too young for a pension, too old for big career initiatives, euphemistically-termed "health issues" creep in with intimations of mortality.
A BIG win by Michael D Higgins – backed by six out of 10 voters - is hardly big news. The vote for maverick Independent, Peter Casey really is the story of this presidential election.
Elections were not created to entertain the masses - but on occasion they do just that.
Farm union leaders and politicians were joined by the local Monaghan community in paying tribute to a man described as "a bridge builder committed to justice and peace".
Farm union leaders and politicians were joined by the local Co Monaghan community in paying tribute to a man described as “a bridge builder committed to justice and peace.”
So President Higgins used the Government jet for a visit to Belfast on the advice of his office - not the Police Service of Northern Ireland, as we had been led to believe. It's a detail that may elude many citizens.
'FIGHTERS," he said with disgust, "sure you'd beat them with your cap."
A Toyota car made in England has bumpers which come from France and Germany, mufflers and exhaust pipes from the Netherlands, seatbelts from Hungary, and wheels from Spain. It is then sold across the 28 EU states.
Business leaders must start planning for next year with huge uncertainty about Brexit, the Taoiseach has admitted.
History is littered with "temporary solutions" which long outlived those people who put them in as a stop-gap. Income tax came to these climes as a temporary arrangement to fund the defeat of somebody called Napoleon Bonaparte.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has been forced to defend comments arguing against the designation of Travellers as a distinct ethnic minority.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has roundly condemned comments by presidential candidate, Peter Casey, about Travellers.
Former Fianna Fáil minister John O'Donoghue may be about to re-enter politics.
Last time they tried to make just a little Brexit progress, they wound up going backwards. It was September 19 last when not much was expected of that informal EU leaders' summit in Salzburg.
Brexit talks are headed for the 'last-chance saloon' as the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator says "much more time" is needed to reach a divorce agreement.
The Taoiseach has flatly rejected calls by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin for a "no-election guarantee" until any Brexit deal is safely put through the UK parliament.
Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, has said the Taoiseach must guarantee no general election until the British parliament makes a decision on any emerging Brexit deal.
A hard Brexit could ground UK flights for up to three weeks but would be survivable for Ryanair, Michael O'Leary said ahead of a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels on Wednesday.
There are bound to be rumours of "EU treachery against little Ireland" as we snake towards news about news of any end to this never-ending Brexit saga.
Fixing the level of taxpayer-funded subsidy for the rural broadband project remains the crucial issue to be decided, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told the Dáil.
The level of taxpayer-funded subsidy for the rural broadband project remains the crucial issue to be decided, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told the Dáil.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to walk away from a deal which would ensure a hard border never again emerges on the island of Ireland.
You can chalk it down as the week in which the nation was set on a course for the next general election.
Former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald - who was forced to quit the Government amid allegations of failing in her duty as justice minister - has welcomed the news that she was completely vindicated by Mr Justice Charleton.
This large basket of woes created a series of political earthquakes, and the aftershocks will be with us for some time to come.
The Government has been urged to talk with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in efforts to have them lift a potential veto on any new Irish border compromise on Brexit.
The 'winner' of the next election could end up watching parties which took fewer seats making up the numbers and sauntering past them into Government Buildings.
The Taoiseach has defended Communications Minister Denis Naughten’s meeting with a US businessman who was bidding to provide rural broadband potentially worth up half a billion euro.