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Chaos reigns as Johnson aims for the hara-kiri Brexit

Chaos reigns as Johnson aims for the hara-kiri Brexit

As Boris Johnson prepares to drive Britain straight off a no-deal cliff, all around him are in a state of outrage and confusion - just the way he  likes it

Counting down the Brexit options

Counting down the Brexit options

Time is running out to prevent Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal. So what are the choices left for government and politicians - and how likely is each scenario?

Disgruntled neighbours can object to Airbnb hosts’ planning applications

Disgruntled neighbours can object to Airbnb hosts’ planning applications

Zappone’s plan for baby boxes is put on hold for two years

Zappone’s plan for baby boxes is put on hold for two years

Around €700,000 was made available from the dormant bank accounts fund last year to pay for the first rollout of the boxes

Barnier expected to stay on as chief EU Brexit negotiator

Barnier expected to stay on as chief EU Brexit negotiator

Varadkar will be happy to keep a key ally in Europe who is close to the new EU Commission president

The marathon housing crisis

The marathon housing crisis

The housing crisis is now five years old – and it is the single biggest threat to the economy with the exception of Brexit

America’s superpower panic

America’s superpower panic

History suggests that a global superpower in relative decline should aim for a soft landing. By contrast, US President Donald Trump's incoherent, confrontational approach toward China could seriously damage America’s long-term interests

EU waiting for rebel MPs to act, UK believes

EU waiting for rebel MPs to act, UK believes

A debate on September 9, and votes around it, will be a first indication of the strength of opposition to a no-deal Brexit in parliament, and whether there is a route to tying Johnson’s hands

Portraits in Power: The 14 men who have led the nation

Portraits in Power: The 14 men who have led the nation

Leo Varadkar, Micheál Martin, Tim Pat Coogan and more profile the 14 men who have held the highest office in the land

Portraits in Power: Brian Cowen

Portraits in Power: Brian Cowen

Brian Cowen was regarded as one of Bertie Ahern’s most able lieutenants, but his time as Taoiseach would be haunted by decisions he made as finance minister during the boom, writes Cathal Mac Coille

Portraits in Power: John A Costello

Portraits in Power: John A Costello

John A Costello did not seek the role of taoiseach, but his detachment from the Rising and Civil War made him the compromise choice. He is an often forgotten figure, but he presided over two major episodes in the state’s history, writes Ciara Meehan

Portraits in Power: Éamon de Valera

Portraits in Power: Éamon de Valera

A political force of nature for almost 60 years, Éamon de Valera strengthened Irish sovereignty but accelerated the divergence between North and South, writes David McCullagh

Portraits in Power: Enda Kenny

Portraits in Power: Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny’s time as taoiseach was marked by extremes: from recession to recovery; from huge Dáil majority to the electoral disappointment that curtailed his time in office, writes Gavan Reilly

Portraits in Power: Albert Reynolds

Portraits in Power: Albert Reynolds

Albert Reynolds was a late starter in the business of politics, and he would find that running a company was very different to running a country, writes Eoin O’Malley

Portraits in Power: WT Cosgrave

Portraits in Power: WT Cosgrave

WT Cosgrave was referred to as a ‘ninny’ by Éamon de Valera, but this deceptively mild-mannered man would defy objectors to allow the Anglo-Irish Treaty to be ratified and ruthlessly stem the chaos of the aftermath of the Civil War, writes Tim Pat Coogan