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02 April 2017 09:34 Conflict Likely Despite Polite Start to Britain-EU Divorce

The week Britain filed for divorce from the European Union brought relief in London and Brussels that crockery was not smashed—far from it—but negotiators fear tantrums or even a breakdown once talks start. The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier sees them beginning in early June; first the 27 other member states must agree to his mandate at an April 9

02 April 2017 09:27 Brace yourselves! Celeb Big Brother is reportedly coming to Ireland

Coco Television, who are behind some of our favourite shows such as Irish First Dates, Don't Tell The Bride and Room To Improve, have apparently claimed the rights to the reality show. A source told the Irish Sun: "Big Brother has never been done in Ireland but Irish broadcasters are now so risk averse to new programme ideas, it's a safe show and could 3

01 April 2017 19:07 Officials: 18 injured in accidental blast at French carnival

PARIS — An accidental bonfire explosion Saturday at a town fair north of Paris injured 18 people, including three children, as the festive spring event turned into chaos, authorities said. Five of those injured, including one child, were hospitalized with serious injuries but their lives are not in danger, said fire service spokeswoman Nathalie Crispin 6

01 April 2017 09:05 The EU Engages: What We Learned About Brexit From Donald Tusk

For nine months, European Union officials declared “no negotiation without notification” when asked for informal insights into their Brexit strategy. Now that British Prime Minister Theresa May has formally notified the bloc of the U.K.’s intention to leave, EU officials on Friday began outlining their plans for the negotiations. Here are the takeaways 9

01 April 2017 04:00 Britain topples from post-war pedestal in Germany

A tearless Brexit delivery leaves the German leader holding the baby David Cameron never noticed Angela Merkel’s bemused smile during his inaugural visit to Berlin. It was May 2010 and, as would become his wont on such European visits, Mr Cameron was more focused on his Eurosceptic backbenchers back home. Though his fated EU referendum promise was still 9

01 April 2017 04:00 EU draft proposals point to Ireland as priority in Brexit talks

Draft negotiating guidelines on UK exit from EU fulfil key aims of Government The draft negotiating guidelines, which set out the European Union’s approach to the Brexit talks that will shortly begin with the UK, suggest the union will accept the continuation of the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK. This has been a key aim of the Government 7

01 April 2017 00:00 May cautiously welcomes EU negotiating proposals on Brexit

Proposed Spanish veto on trade deal because of Gibraltar angers Conservatives British prime minister Theresa May has given a cautious welcome to the European Union’s draft negotiating guidelines on Brexit, which open the way to starting talks about a future trade deal after some progress is made on agreeing Britain’s terms of departure. But some Conservatives 12

31 March 2017 13:50 Why did Denis O’Brien take case against Dáil committee?

Explainer: Businessman alleged two TDs had his breached his constitutional rights Businessman Denis O’Brien initiated legal proceedings against the Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privileges in August 2015. Mr O’Brien took issue with the CPP’s decision not to sanction Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy and Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty for making 6

31 March 2017 11:05 Opposition parties criticise Shane Ross over bus strike

Gerry Adams calls on Taoiseach to demand Minister for Transport intervenes in crisis Opposition parties have criticised Minister for Transport Shane Ross’s handling of the Bus Éireann dispute after public transport services were halted across the country on Wednesday morning in a series of unofficial secondary pickets. “The sad reality is that his boss, Taoiseach 5

31 March 2017 10:27 Tusk says Britain can't cut taxes after Brexit if it wants trade deal

But in its draft negotiating guidelines for the upcoming withdrawal talks, the Council did not rule out trade talks beginning within the two-year period leading up to Brexit. While a trade deal can only be formally concluded once the UK has ceased its membership, it will be possible to negotiate "an overall understanding on the framework for the future 7