The border between N. Ireland and Ireland | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the Irish border. The Brexit terms that Britain agreed to before formally exiting the European Union “must be respected,” chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said Monday, after reports that London might seek legislation to override key parts of the deal. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Politicians arrive for John Hume’s funeral | AFP

British and Irish politicians arrive for the funeral of John Hume, whose tireless efforts to bridge sectarian divides in Northern Ireland won him the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Pandemic purgatory: priest keeps coronavirus vigil on Irish holy island | AFP

With Ireland in coronavirus lockdown limbo, Father Laurence Flynn has been the solitary inhabitant of Station Island in the middle of windswept Lough Derg. The Catholic island pilgrimage site, which dates back to the fifth century, is said to be where Christ showed St Patrick the entrance to purgatory. With the island unable to host pilgrims due to coronavirus restrictions Father Laurence “La” Flynn has stayed behind to perform the daily strenuous cycles of barefoot prayer usually undertaken by crowds of the faithful.

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Cheers! Irish pubs reopen as end of lockdown nears | AFP

Irish pubs unlock their doors and begin pouring pints, ending a 15-week dry spell forced by the nation’s coronavirus lockdown. Pubs serving food, as well as restaurants and hotels, are permitted to open as Ireland enters the penultimate stage of its plan to lift stay-at-home restrictions.

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Irish parliament nominates new prime minister Micheal Martin | AFP

Micheal Martin, a veteran of the Irish opposition has been elected prime minister of Ireland, leading a three-party coalition consisting of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party. IMAGES

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Micheal Martin arrives to be nominated as new Irish PM in parliament | AFP

Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin arrives at a special sitting of Irish parliament at the Convention Centre Dublin where he is to be elected prime minister. Ireland’s two historic centre-right rivals forged an unlikely coalition with the Green Party on Friday that shuts the resurgent republicans Sinn Fein out of government. IMAGES

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Ireland to accelerate lockdown easing plan: PM | AFP

Irish Prime minister Leo Varadkar says that Ireland will accelerate its plan to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions in the coming days. SOUNDBITE

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Irish Prime Minister Varadkar | AFP

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin, on the first day of their tour of the country. IMAGES

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‘I may be next Irish PM’: Sinn Fein leader | AFP

Sinn Fein party leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates winning the popular vote in Saturday’s Irish general election. Counting is still underway but McDonald says she could be the next leader of the Republic after an election set to end the historic duopoly of two centre-right parties.

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Dublin residents share views on general election | AFP

People in Dublin explain their positions on the eve of an Irish general election as polls predict a historic three-way fight for control of the next government. The next government is widely expected to be a coalition, raising the prospect of protracted negotiations. It took 70 days before a new minority coalition government was formed in 2016, with Fine Gael propped up by a confidence and supply arrangement with Fianna Fail.

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The border between N. Ireland and Ireland | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the Irish border. Ireland goes to the polls on Saturday, with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar touting his successful handling of Brexit, but facing pressure over housing and healthcare.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Varadkar: there will ‘always be a seat’ for UK at EU | AFP

Speaking on the day the UK is set to leave the European Union, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says that “there will always be a seat for the United Kingdom at the European table”. SOUNDBITE

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Varadkar: ‘mutually beneficial’ Brexit deal possible | AFP

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says that while the European Union is in a strong position for talks with the UK on post-Brexit relations, it is possible to find a “mutually beneficial” agreement, during a visit from EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. SOUNDBITE

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Barnier arrives in Dublin for talks with Varadkar | AFP

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is welcomed by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar as the two hold talks in the week that Britain is set to exit the European Union. IMAGES

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Boris Johnson arrives at Stormont as power sharing resumes | AFP

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Northern Ireland’s Secretary Julian Smith arrive at Stormont, where they are welcomed by the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, following the resumption of power sharing in the province. Johnson is expected to also meet with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. IMAGES

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Videographic locating the Irish border. Britons go to the polls in a Brexit-dominated election on Thursday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Art detective finds missing gift from Oscar Wilde | AFP

A ring once given as a present by the famed Irish writer Oscar Wilde has been recovered. Dutch art detective Arthur Brand, dubbed the “Indiana Jones of the art world”, found the item more than 15 years after it was stolen from Oxford University.

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UK Brexit plan will not have checks at Irish border: Johnson | AFP

There will “under no circumstances” be “checks at or near the border in Northern Ireland” in the UK’s new proposal for a Brexit withdrawal deal, says Boris Johnson at the Conservative Party Conference. SOUNDBITE

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Videographic locating the border. Brexit: Britain will table new proposals on a Brexit deal “very soon”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday, while distancing himself from a leaked plan about the Irish border.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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