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Coronavirus 06-04-2020

Doctor Varadkar steps up to COVID-19 frontline

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is to serve as a doctor in his country's fight against the ongoing spread of the deadly coronavirus, the leader's office announced on Sunday evening (6 March).
Digital 30-03-2020

Ireland to roll out voluntary phone tracker app to tackle coronavirus

Ireland’s government is to roll out a voluntary phone-tracking app to alert users if someone they have been in contact with develops COVID-19, its health service said on Sunday, two weeks before the pandemic is expected to peak in the country.
Health 10-03-2020

Ireland’s St Patrick’s parades cancelled over COVID-19 concerns

St Patrick's day festivities have been cancelled all over the Republic of Ireland, amid rising concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced on Monday (9 March).
Elections 20-02-2020

Ireland’s Fianna Fáil to step up efforts to form a government

Ireland's Fianna Fáil will step up efforts to form a government by starting formal engagement with other parties, except Sinn Féin, after marginally winning the most seats at an inconclusive 8 February election.
Elections 10-02-2020

Irish nationalists Sinn Fein demand place in government after strong election showing

Irish nationalists Sinn Fein demanded on Sunday (9 February) to be part of the next Irish government after early results indicated the left-wing party secured the most votes in an election that leader Mary Lou McDonald described as a ballot box "revolution".
Elections 06-02-2020

Brexit, homelessness dominate in Irish election

Ireland goes to the polls on Saturday (8 February), with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar touting his successful handling of Brexit, but facing pressure over housing and healthcare.
Brexit 28-01-2020

EU tells UK it will ‘never, never, never’ compromise on single market

The European Union will "never, never, never" compromise on the integrity of its single market, its chief Brexit negotiator warned Britain on Monday (27 January), saying London must now face reality after underestimating the costs of leaving.
Elections 23-01-2020

Irish PM willing to enter grand coalition with main rival

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said for the first time on Wednesday (22 January) that he would consider entering an unprecedented coalition government with the country's second-largest party and historic rival Fianna Fáil (affiliated to Renew Europe) after next month's election.
Elections 13-01-2020

Ireland’s PM sets stage for possible February election

Ireland's Prime Minster Leo Varadkar said on Sunday (12 January) he had made a decision on the timing of a general election, with many media outlets and politicians predicting a 7 February poll.
Brexit 13-12-2019

EU leaders congratulate Johnson but warn of more hard work ahead

EU leaders put on a brave face on Friday (13 December) and congratulated Boris Johson on his resounding victory in the UK elections, which means he will take the country out of the EU next month after three years of Brexit frustrations.
Brexit 13-12-2019

EU leaders prepare for Brexit after Johnson win

European leaders will charge EU negotiator Michel Barnier on Friday (13 December) with negotiating a close trade deal with Britain, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's apparent election win set the stage for an orderly Brexit.
Elections 10-12-2019

Irish government stumbles as post-Brexit election looms

As political chaos reigned across the sea in Britain, Ireland's two main parties have been working together to limit the damage of Brexit -- but not for much longer.
Brexit 23-10-2019

EU moves towards Brexit delay as PM Johnson seeks election to break impasse

EU leaders should delay Brexit after Prime Minister Boris Johnson paused legislation on his deal following a parliamentary defeat, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday (22 October), as Britain spins towards a possible election to break the impasse.
Brexit 11-10-2019

Brexit talks enter crucial ‘tunnel’ phase, but gaps on substance remain

Talks on a new Brexit deal have entered a potentially decisive last phase, as officials from the EU and the UK appear to be closing in on a last-ditch agreement that could avert the UK's messy cliff-edge exit on 31 October.
Brexit 11-10-2019

New Brexit hopes after Johnson and Varadkar say ‘pathway to deal’ exists

Hopes of a Brexit deal were dramatically revived on Thursday (10 October) following three hours of talks between Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Brexit 09-10-2019

Britain’s Brexit talks with EU on verge of collapse

Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union teetered on the brink of collapse on Tuesday (8 October), with tit-for-tat claims of intransigence and sabotage before an end of October deadline.
Brexit 10-09-2019

Johnson tells parliament: You can tie my hands, but I will not delay Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday (10 September) he would not request an extension to Brexit, hours after a law came into force demanding that he delay Britain's departure from the European Union until 2020 unless he can strike a divorce deal.
Brexit 12-08-2019

British PM Johnson to meet Ireland’s Varadkar over Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted an offer to meet Irish leader Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit and the Northern Irish backstop, the Sunday Telegraph said citing UK government sources.
Brexit 31-07-2019

Boris Johnson visits Northern Ireland, heart of Brexit battle

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Wednesday (31 July) meet leaders in Northern Ireland, the key battleground in Britain's fight to leave the European Union and the focus of increasingly tense rhetoric on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Economy & Jobs 12-07-2019

Irish parliament calls on government to thwart EU-Mercosur deal

Ireland's parliament voted on Thursday (11 July) to press the government to lead opposition inside the European Union to a draft trade deal that Brussels has struck with the Mercosur bloc of South American countries.
Brexit 06-06-2019

Trump says Ireland’s Brexit ‘wall’ will ‘work out very well ‘

US President Donald Trump voiced confidence Wednesday (5 June) that Ireland's post-Brexit "wall" situation with its UK neighbour will work out fine, earning a quick retort from the Irish premier who noted that a wall is the last thing his country wants.
Electricity 29-05-2019

France and Ireland tap up EU for €667m to build power link

The leaders of France and Ireland asked European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday (28 May) to back their request for over half a billion euros in energy project funding, which would be earmarked to 'Brexit-proof' Ireland's power needs.
EU Elections 2019 26-05-2019

Ireland’s Greens surge in European, local elections

Support for Ireland's Green Party surged in European and local elections, an exit poll showed on Saturday (25 May), putting it in line to take its first seats in the European Parliament for 20 years and make the biggest gains in county and city councils.
Brexit 09-04-2019

UK almost certain to contest EU elections as May prepares to make new concessions

The UK is increasingly likely to contest the European elections next month, after Theresa May’s Conservative party formally began its process of selecting candidates for the poll.
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