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The EU’s not for turning

The EU’s not for turning

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

Ministers are told Dáil will only deal with ‘essential’ legislation in no-deal Brexit

Ministers are told Dáil will only deal with ‘essential’ legislation in no-deal Brexit

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”.

Zappone still in dark after €133m of childcare grants are doled out

Zappone still in dark after €133m of childcare grants are doled out

Seanad reform proposals to scrap Trinity seats

Seanad reform proposals to scrap Trinity seats

Instead there would be one six-seat Seanad panel that would be elected by graduates of all universities and institutes of technology in Ireland.

A Brexit backstop fudge is on the cards

A Brexit backstop fudge is on the cards

The challenge now is to tweak the withdrawal deal in some way that makes it more palatable to MPs while leaving the backstop in place

Profile of Peadar Tóibín: The exiteer

Profile of Peadar Tóibín: The exiteer

Tóibín's departure from Sinn Féin was inevitable after he so openly campaigned against repeal in last May’s referendum, appearing on RTÉ’s Prime Time to debate with Minister for Health Simon Harris

A triple whammy for Trump as Mueller closes in

A triple whammy for Trump as Mueller closes in

With investigators concluding that Donald Trump made payments to hush up a sex scandal during the 2016 election, it looks set to be a black Christmas for the US president

Mitchell O’Connor may be Europe-bound

Mitchell O’Connor may be Europe-bound

Minister not ruling out a tilt at MEP elections

Local firms complain of rates increases to ‘plug gap for councils’

Local firms complain of rates increases to ‘plug gap for councils’

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

Seanad ballot papers plan scrapped amid fears over security of process

Seanad ballot papers plan scrapped amid fears over security of process

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

British government ignorance on border ‘beggars belief’, says London mayor

British government ignorance on border ‘beggars belief’, says London mayor

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 long goodbye

The long goodbye

This week, British MPs will vote on Theresa May’s draft withdrawal treaty - but in Britain, Ireland and Brussels, the mood is grim as the possibility of a no-deal Brexit looms ever larger

Will Hogan get a second term as EU Commissioner?

Will Hogan get a second term as EU Commissioner?

There is no guarantee Varadkar will back him, though his past loyalty will work in his favour

Shatter berates ‘blundering rhino’ Coveney over tweets about Israel

Shatter berates ‘blundering rhino’ Coveney over tweets about Israel

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'

Macron blinks as protests force tax freeze

Macron blinks as protests force tax freeze

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