Theresa May is faced with a Europe unwilling to budge on the backstop, the necessity for which is an ironic consequence of Britain’s decision to partition Ireland in 1921
The government chief whip Seán Kyne emailed all ministers last week asking that they indicate which non-Brexit legislation they want to introduce in the spring “that is absolutely essential, and to state the reasons why this is so”.
Commercial rates were largely frozen during the recession in recognition of the fact that many businesses were struggling to survive, but at least six councils have voted to increase their commercial rates for businesses next year
Former Fine Gael TD and senator Maurice Manning said he was 'disappointed' that a recommendation for online registration and downloading of ballot papers appears to have been dropped
Sadiq Khan, who visited Dublin last week in the first official visit by a London mayor to the Irish capital, praised the authors of the Good Friday Agreement and castigated British ministers who, he said, did not grasp its importance
The former justice minister Alan Shatter criticised two tweets by Coveney last Monday, including one in which the Minister for Foreign Affairs accused the US ambassador to Israel, David M Friedman, of making 'another unhelpful statement'
In addition to concerns about its potential impact on French finances, the tax retreat raises questions about a set of reforms the French president has planned for next year