Whatever the shape of the next European Parliament and whatever the final outcome of Brexit, it is vital to Irish interests that we maintain and foster good relations with as many of our friends and neighbours as possible, in particular smaller nations that, by virtue of their limited scale, tend to have similar problems to us.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she is "fairly certain" there will be a second referendum on Scottish independence - but she does not think Britons will get another chance to vote on remaining in the European Union.
UK prime minister Theresa May will “move heaven and earth” to trigger Article 50 and start its divorce talks with the EU by the end of March, but there is no disguising that London is badly prepared for the looming negotiations, Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon told a business gathering in Dublin.
Nicola Sturgeon could call a second Scottish independence referendum in the autumn of 2017, with a vote on the future of the UK then held in May or June of 2018, the former chief executive of the Yes Scotland campaign has said.
Europe “walked away” from Ireland during the financial crisis the Dáil has heard. Former Fianna Fáil junior finance minister Dara Calleary yesterday questioned whether Irish citizens would choose to remain in the EU if a referendum were to be called here.