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The Republic of Ireland is an European country located on the island of Ireland. It encompasses most of the island except Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.

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Donald Trump on the Irish border?

It's well known that Donald Trump is an advocate of (a fairly hard) Brexit, along the lines of the UK taking back control of its borders (a topic that meshes well with Trump's domestic policy on ...
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EU/ECJ precedents for failing to enforce border?

I read in a FT article that, in the case of a no-deal Brexit: If Ireland breaches the integrity of the single market by failing to control its border, it will be liable at the European Court of ...
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What treaties or (written) agreements would a hard border in Ireland breach, post-Brexit?

Would the hard border that would come up in a "no deal" Brexit (between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) be violating any binding agreements that the UK has signed? (And the same goes for ...
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Why didn't Ireland and the UK unify their visa regimes?

Ireland and the UK share an open-border area just like the Schengen countries, but unlike the Schengen area they lack a common short-term immigration policy. As a result, pretty much anyone can obtain ...
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Why is it impossible to leave the Single Market without a hard Irish border?

I see a repeated assumption that puzzles me. From another well asked and answered question: On one hand it is impossible for the UK to leave the Single Market while maintaining an open border with ...
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Has the Republic of Ireland repaid the £9 billion provided by the UK after the 2009 financial crisis?

Has the Republic of Ireland repaid the £9 billion provided by the UK after the 2009 financial crisis?
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How could the UK resolve the Irish border conundrum without staying in the Single Market?

Right now the UK seems to be in a stalemate in regards to the Irish border situation post-Brexit: If they don't leave the Single Market, Brexit would be effectively a farce as the UK would be forced ...
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IRA's approach to Brexit

It is commonly known that nowadays IRA (Irish Republican Army) doesn't pose a big threat for British Government and ceased all hostilities after Good Friday Agreement. I am speaking particularly about ...
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What are the benefits for Ireland to have a separate language, rather than exclusively relying on English?

Wikipedia has a nice summary of the current status of the Irish language: A comprehensive study published in 2007 on behalf of Údarás na Gaeltachta found that young people in the Gaeltacht, despite ...
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Why is having border controls in Ireland so problematic for Irish nationalists?

One of the biggest challenges of Brexit is resolving the issue of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. On one hand it is impossible for the UK to leave the Single Market while maintaining ...
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How proficient is Leo Varadkar in the Irish language?

The Irish language, and official support for it, is a major political issue in Ireland (and has been so since the inception of Irish nationalism). This includes politicians' abilities to use the Irish ...
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Common Travel Area (CTA) would conflict with Brexit?

I don't like politics but because Brexit is such a big issue for a migrant like me living in the UK (for more than half of my life) I have no choice but to learn and research about this topic. Let's ...
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Why does UK not have a scheme for researchers from third countries?

If UK and Ireland are both members of the EU, why does UK not have a scheme for researchers from third countries (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=URISERV:i23023), while Ireland does ...
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What benefit does Ireland get for the tax policies that faciliate the “Dutch Sandwich”

A popular tax avoidance scheme known as the Dutch Sandwich allows corporations to avoid US corporate taxes. I can understand the benefits to Holland which ends up being the destination of the profits....
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Does any other governmental body have constituencies similar to Seanad Éireann?

Seanad Éireann (the Irish Senate) has rather unusual (unique?) constituencies. Three senators are elected by graduates of the University of Dublin. Three senators are elected by graduates of the ...