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Tearing up the rules gets the Brexit deal done

Tearing up the rules gets the Brexit deal done

Boris Johnson’s prior expulsion of the 21 Tory lawmakers was a clear signal that he didn’t need the DUP’s help to seal the deal with Europe

Getting it done as Britain shatters

Getting it done as Britain shatters

Never have British politics and parliament been more split – and never have there been more factions and sub-factions at odds with each other

Bewitched, baffled voters could bless bullish Boris

Bewitched, baffled voters could bless bullish Boris

The electorate are relishing Boris Johnson’s ‘bish-bash-bosh’ approach and look set to give the most right-wing Conservative leader since Margaret Thatcher the thumping majority he needs in a general election

Johnson’s Brexit deal faces fresh delays

Johnson’s Brexit deal faces fresh delays

The risk of a crash-out Brexit on October 31 receded as the British parliament voted to delay the latest deal, but with the prime minister threatening to ignore a deadline to contact the EU, it’s not clear what happens next

Labour fury over reference to Mo Mowlam

Labour fury over reference to Mo Mowlam

Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay provoked fury among Labour MPs by invoking the memory of Mo Mowlam while speaking in support of the deal

Children may hold the answer to our alcohol problem

Children may hold the answer to our alcohol problem

With conventional campaigns failing to reduce our consumption, we might have to rely on something similar to the climate movement

Arlene Foster may have overplayed her hand

Arlene Foster may have overplayed her hand

If Boris Johnson is gambling that he doesn't need the DUP's votes to secure his new Brexit deal, he might well be right

Sinn Féin’s frequent flyer tax is an idea with wings

Sinn Féin’s frequent flyer tax is an idea with wings

Party researching €5 levy for people taking more than six flights a year

A budget consistent with a centre-right approach to tax and spend policies

A budget consistent with a centre-right approach to tax and spend policies

Like Paschal Donohoe, Christian Democrats across Europe support the social state. And they’re also reluctant to cut income taxes

Chasing the monster that is Brexit toward extinction

Chasing the monster that is Brexit toward extinction

For some time now, British prime minister Boris Johnson has looked as out of place as the pink boat on Merrion Street belonging to the Irish branch of Extinction Rebellion

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Johnson?

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Johnson?

Boris Johnson faces the biggest week of his career as the fate of Brexit hangs in the balance. Can he possibly succeed?

We need to change habits - and a 2c tax won’t do that

We need to change habits - and a 2c tax won’t do that

The small carbon tax hike in last week’s budget looks like little more than virtue signalling, and it feeds public cynicism about the government’s willingness to take real action on climate change

The pathway to a deal remains strewn with awkward obstacles

The pathway to a deal remains strewn with awkward obstacles

A breakthrough last week between Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson has put a Brexit deal back on the cards - but the British PM has to get around the DUP, the ERG and his own MPs first

Interview: Paschal Donohoe reflects on his no-deal budget

Interview: Paschal Donohoe reflects on his no-deal budget

After announcing his no-deal budget last week, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is unruffled by the prospect of a Brexit deal. His approach was still the right one, he insists

Family law sittings to have standalone hearings in key reform sought for years

Family law sittings to have standalone hearings in key reform sought for years

Family law sittings will be held at a different time and place to ordinary court sittings under reforms due to be announced by Charlie Flanagan by the end of the year