Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill holds a press conference at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 16, 2017. See PA story POLITICS . Photo credit should read: David Young/PA Wire

DUP welcomes UK government’s paper as ‘constructive’ with ‘plenty of ideas’

The UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

UK sets out position on Border in key document ahead of Brexit

British prime minister Theresa May: Britain pledges to ensure Brexit will not undermine the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

Border posts ‘completely unacceptable to the UK’, department position paper states

Leaked proposals from Theresa May’s government about plans for the Irish border under Brexit are ‘almost laughable’, says the SDLP. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Sinn Féin and SDLP describe Brexit proposals as ‘unworkable’ and ‘back-of-envelope’

The British chancellor Philip Hammond, left, and the international trade secretary Liam Fox have jointly stated that Brexit would mean the UK pulling out of both the EU single market and the customs union. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Position paper to focus on making Border as ‘seamless and frictionless as possible’

The funeral cortège of Kevin ‘Flat Cap’ Murray makes its way to Strabane cemetery. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty/The Irish Times

Kevin ‘Flat Cap’ Murray, a known dissident republican, had motor neurone disease

 Aine Magorrian, who was made redundant while on maternity leave and has settled a discrimination case for £9,000.  Photograph: Equality Commission for Northern Ireland/PA Wire

North’s Equality Commission says maternity cases most common cause of complaints

The survey showed a rise in confidence in the North’s Public Prosecution Service among both Catholic and Protestant communities. Photograph: Getty Images

More than three-quarters of public believe PPS provides fair and impartial service

Strabane man Kevin Murray.

Kevin Murray, known as ‘Flat Cap’, had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease

 David Bolton has written a book examining the  mental health impact of the Troubles. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A new book outlines the urgent need to tackle North's longstanding mental-health problems

Portrait of Damien McNally by Colin Davidson:  McNally says sitting for the portrait as part of the Silent Testimony series of paintings of people who suffered loss in the Troubles was therapeutic

The son of a victim of sectarian violence needed help to recover from the trauma

Belfast Pride: PSNI and Garda members wear their uniforms in the parade for the first time. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA

Organisers say 8,000 people marched through the city for marriage equality

Leo Varadkar: “If they can’t come up with solutions, well then maybe they might talk about mine”

Varadkar says after 14 months those in favour of hard Brexit have failed to offer proposals

DUP leader Arlene Foster leaves with Sammy Wilson following on crutches after meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Arlene Foster describes meeting with Taoiseach as ‘useful and forthright’

Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams and his delegation speak with members of the media after meeting  Leo Varadkar in south Belfast. Photograph: AFP/ Paul Faith/Getty

Party has signalled a willingness to be a junior partner in any future government

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Queen’s University Belfast, with President and Vice-Chancellor James McElnay. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Taoiseach outlines solutions to UK leaving customs union, single market

Brexit: “Every single aspect of life in Northern Ireland could be affected by the outcome”, Leo Varadkar will say. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar will also urge Northern Ireland politicians to restore Stormont

Bunny from Belfast performing at the Dublin Pride parade. Leo Varadkar will attend a Pride breakfast in Belfast, but not the parade itself. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar’s visit comes as attitudes to same-sex marriage appear to be shifting

Gerry Adams: “The Irish Government has a responsibility to defend the Remain vote.”  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

SDLP leader accuses DUP of ‘feigned outrage’ over Taoiseach’s Brexiteers remarks

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster: “Brexit is going to happen. We are leaving the European Union.”  Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

DUP leader says Leo Varadkar’s remarks are ‘disrespecting the will of the British people’

Leo Varadkar has confirmed he will attend a Pride breakfast event in Belfast on Saturday morning. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach also rejects DUP criticism of the Government ahead of Northern Ireland talks

The billboard put up by anti-abortion lobby group Both Lives Matter. Photograph: Both Lives Matter/PA Wire

Both Lives Matter adverts claim 100,000 people are alive due to North’s termination laws

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson: ‘We have to co-operate here. A solution has to be one that is agreed.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Jeffrey Donaldson says Leo Varadkar needs to be at negotiating table to avoid hard Border

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire: he said business leaders must “keep using their influence to encourage political parties to deliver a functioning and effective Executive”. Photograph: Getty Images

Conor Murphy says James Brokenshire has no new ideas on how to break deadlock

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood. Photograph: Arthur Allison

Sale of building, with asking price of £170,000, ‘motivated by financial difficulties’

Participants of the gay pride parade in Dublin last year. Gardaí will join their Northern Irish counterparts in Belfast on Saturday and take part in the city’s Pride event. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Police permitted to march in uniform at Pride event for first time this year

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

‘I think he is very low level’: DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson declines to engage with Richmond

The coffin of Billy McConville, son of IRA murder victim Jean McConville, is taken from St Paul’s Parish Church, Belfast following his funeral service. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Officiating priest urges politicians to ensure victims of abuse are compensated

 The Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby in a statement said they were aware “that Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been charged by the PSNI in relation to serious allegations made against them”.  Ireland’s Paddy Jackson (above) kicks a penalty against France at Aviva stadium. File photograph:   Cyril Byrne

Two rugby players will appear in court in Belfast next month and will contest the charges

Spending on the  2017 Assembly election campaign by nine of Northern Ireland’s political parties totalled £150,080

Overall campaign spending down by more than half compared to 2016 contest

Joe McHugh: ‘I’d be happy  to meet and talk with any unionists who have any concerns about the Irish language’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Joe McHugh says language is not a threat and belongs to all, both North and South

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will miss next week’s meeting of the Policing Authority. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Watchdog’s head says it is ‘unfortunate’ the Garda Commissioner will not be at the event

Mary Lou McDonald: ““Unionism no longer dominates. If it wishes to be in power it will be only on the basis of powersharing and equality”

Mary Lou McDonald says Irish unity very much on the political agenda

Martin McGuinness: his personal willingness to seek agreement “played a very positive role on many occasions”, according to the former DUP minister Edwin Poots. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

DUP opposes Irish-language law that is ‘more about developing a sense of national identity’

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: “You can’t truly support An Garda Síochána today if you don’t hold them to modern standards of accountability.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Brendan Howlin says revelations suggest routine institutionalised maladministration

Pearse Doherty: said seven SF votes in Commons would have no impact because the British Labour party now supported Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Doherty challenged at MacGill Summer School to ensure SF end Commons abstentionism

 Martin Shanahan: ‘We cannot be complacent, these investments will not fall into our laps, they will have to be won’

Martin Shanahan critical of those advocating an Irexit-says it would hamper investment

Dr Howard Hastings at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Renowned family remains optimistic about future but wants political stability

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe says it is critical that dangerous risks are avoided. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Minister criticises left-wing politics and policies which could ‘break this country’

Dáithí Ó Ceallaigh, former ambassador to London, said he feared for the future in relation to the political stalemate in Northern Ireland

‘If the centre is to hold State must treat all its citizens equally,’ says Prof Gary Murphy

Seán Donlon says SF has a ‘strong mandate and they can afford to be both brave and generous.’ File photograph: Dave Meehan

Seán Donlon says abstentionism is not serving the interests of Northern Ireland

Specialist Garda units take part in a simulated anti-terror operation at the Docklands railway station in central Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘We have achieved our security on the cheap,’ says ex-director of military intelligence

Sir Julian King: “Another five terrorist plots have been foiled since March.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Eighteen terrorist plots foiled in EU since 2013, former British ambassador says

Alan Dukes, former minister for finance, spoke at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Former FG leader Dukes tells MacGill Summer School Ireland has ‘more to lose’ than anyone

Former Armagh footballer Jarlath Burns:  ‘We try to get people to take risks, and take them out of their comfort zone and into a new place’

Jarlath Burns has immense pride in his home area, which he says is rising above its past

Martin McGuinness. “I could never see how it was right, even in a war situation, to slip out of your bed at night to go and put a bomb under somebody else’s car,” says Peter Sheridan. Photograph: Bruno Vincent/Getty Images

Peter Sheridan, once the highest ranking Catholic police officer in the North, looks back at a long and troubled road and how the (...)

Orangemen and women make their way past the nationalist Ardoyne area in Belfast. Photograph: Getty Images

Tens of thousands marching in and observing Twelfth of July across Northern Ireland

Michael Christopher Hayes from south Dublin said he took what he called “collective responsibility” for all the IRA’s actions in England, including the Birmingham pub bombings. Screengrab: BBC

Michael Hayes’s apology rejected by relatives of one victim and by Paddy Hill of Birmingham Six

Women who have had terminations since June 30th will have costs refunded

Drumcree parade: police stop Portadown Orangemen from walking down Garvaghy road. Photograph: Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press

James Brokenshire urged to disband Parades Commission over Drumcree ruling

Judicial review: Ciaran McClean claims that Theresa May’s deal with Arlene Foster contravenes the Belfast Agreement and UK anti-bribery law. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

Green Party politician claims ‘bribery’ pact breaches Belfast Agreement

Murals on the Falls Road near Albert Street in west Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

A small group of youths is terrorising both locals and tourists in the Lower Falls area

DUP leader Arlene Foster and DUP MLA Simon Hamilton address media after talks wound up at Stormont Castle in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Frustration at Stormont as talks collapse amid impasse over law on Irish language

Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster and Simon Hamilton address media as talks wound up at Stormont Castle, Belfast. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

DUP, Sinn Féin and other North parties fail to reach agreement as talks collapse

DUP leader Arlene Foster with party colleague Simon Hamilton speaking at Stormont Castle following the failure of talks aimed at establishing a new executive. Photograph: Alan Lewis/

Frustration and disappointment at collapse of talks but MLAs plan to work all summer

Sinn Féin expects the Stormont talks deadline to be extended until the autumn. Photograph: Reuters

Level of disagreement means there is little chance of a deal before end of summer

Talks remain deadlocked on a number of issues, but chiefly over the Irish language. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

British and Irish Ministers urge the DUP and Sinn Féin to get a deal done this week

DUP leader Arlene Foster whose party has been criticised over a £425,000 donation received during the Brexit campaign. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

Measure would not cover controversial £425,000 given to DUP during Brexit campaign

 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (centre) with her negotiating team at Stormont Castle. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA.

Impasse continues but Brokenshire says deal on new executive could be reached this week

Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire is due to outline the British government’s next move in the House of Commons in the afternoon. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Sinn Féin should not seek ‘10-0’ victory in negotiations, says former DUP minister

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams and the party’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill join demonstrators demanding equal marriage legislation at an event in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Sinn Féin leader claims DUP showing no urgency in dealing with issues

Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd (l) and Declan Kearney speak to the media at Stormont Castle, Belfast. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

SF negotiator had called for Theresa May and Leo Varadkar to attend powersharing talks

Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd (left) and Mairtin O Muilleoir talk to the media following talks aimed at restoring powersharing in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

John O’Dowd says DUP refusing to move on Irish language and same-sex marriage

 James Brokenshire, Northern Secretary,    and Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs, admitted  the game was up shortly before lunchtime on Thursday  outside Stormont Castle. Photograph: EPA

It’s about more than language; it’s about Sinn Féin and SDLP putting manners on the DUP

Grainne Teggart, a campaigner at Amnesty International, said: ‘Today’s court ruling is an utter betrayal of women in Northern Ireland who find themselves in these tragic circumstances.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Case focuses on whether assembly or courts should decide on abortion law in the North

Talks extended into Thursday morning but there was no breakthrough ahead of today’s deadline. Photograph: PA

Negotiations on power-sharing allowed to continue despite 4pm deadline passing

DUP negotiator Edwin Poots  speaks to members of the media in the grounds of Stormont Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland,  June 28th, 2017. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Irish, British Ministers trying to persuade DUP and Sinn Féin to make deal by 4pm deadline

Sinn Féin’s  Declan Kearney, Gerry Adams and Niall O Donnghaile at Stormont. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Negotiations continue at Stormont ahead of Thursday’s deadline

Colum Eastwood and  members of the SDLP after talks at  Downing Street. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s rise led to disastrous election for party and there is no sign of ‘reboot’ plan

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she was ‘delighted’ with the package she secured from Theresa May in return for her party supporting the British Conservative government. Photograph: Getty Images

Agreement provides hundreds of millions for infrastructure, health, education, broadband and deprived areas

PM Theresa May  stands next to DUP leader Arlene Foster  as Jeffrey Donaldson and  Gavin Williamson sign agreement. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: Agreement on forming Executive crucial if spending power to stay in North

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May (L), greets Arlene Foster of the DUP in Downing Street. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

£1bn DUP-Conservative deal leads to calls for funding boosts in Wales and Scotland

British prime minister Theresa May, meets  DUP leader Arlene Foster, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson outside 10 Downing Street  ahead of talks. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Foster says an extra funding will be allocated to Northern Ireland over the next two years

Gary Haggarty: he agreed in 2010 to give evidence against up to 14 of his former UVF colleagues and two of his former police handlers.  Photograph: Pacemaker

Life sentence likely to be reduced due to loyalist ex-commander’s ‘supergrass’ role

Aaron Harbinson (centre), son of Gary Haggarty’s victim John Harbinson outside Belfast Crown Court following the UVF man’s guilty pleas to over two hundred terrorism charges including five murders.

Ex-UVF commander pleaded guilty to the five murders committed between 1994 and 1997

The Queen’s Speech on Wednesday referred to “delivering on the armed forces covenant across the United Kingdom” - something that Sinn Féin are opposed to in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

Conservatives’ concentration on deal with DUP undermining prospects in North

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood:  said the DUP-Conservative  talks were undermining the Stormont negotiations. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

DUP seeking agreement with Theresa May’s Conservatives worth at least £2bn

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly  speaking   at Stormont Castle  on Tuesday  about the  talks  to restore  the North’s Assembly. Photograph:   Jonathan Porter/

DUP tells Conservatives that it ‘must not be taken for granted’

Small Blue Butterfly found in Co Fermanagh.

Cupido minimus is Northern Ireland’s rarest and most endangered butterfly

Northern  Secretary  James Brokenshire and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, at Stormont. Photograph: Simon Graham/NOI/PA Wire

New Minister for Foreign Affairs at Stormont for talks aimed at restoring Northern Executive and Assembly

Dara Calleary: Fianna Fáil cannot understand why Fine Gael is so determined to undermine the judiciary

Fianna Fáil question why Fine Gael has gone ahead with 'arrogant' appointment

 Theresa May in a unionist band: The DUP has seen itself  mocked in  tweets, news websites and cartoons

Many in the DUP are not finely attuned to modern PC but they are true to themselves

The commission is to investigate decisions made by the department which was run by DUP minister Paul Givan.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Equality Commission also examining community halls grant programme

British prime minister Theresa May: meeting with Northern parties will  try to advance the prospects of reinstating the Northern Executive and Assembly. Photograph:  Leon Neal/Getty Images

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire reaffirms June 29th deadline for Assembly deal

Arlene Foster and Theresa May: talks between the DUP and British PM are expected to see the party support the Conservatives to form a government. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire

Stick to Belfast Agreement as London, Stormont talks continue - Flanagan

The tone of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams’s  press conference appeared conciliatory.  Photograph: Reuters

Gerry Adams says DUP-Conservative deal would be ‘coalition for chaos’

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Conservative leader Theresa May. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire

Uncertainty over whether Brokenshire will attend as UK election result clouds picture

Former SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell, who lost his seat after last week’s election, at the Titanic exhibition count centre in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former deputy leader Seamus Mallon says ‘there is more to politics than power’

A delighted DUP leader Arlene Foster at the Belfast Count Centre supporting MP Gavin Robinson who was elected in East Belfast. Photograph: Alan Lewis/

Theresa May’s words about ‘strong relationship’ with DUP must be music to Foster’s ears

DUP leader Arlene Foster (centre) with MPs at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast after British prime minister Theresa May  announced that she will work with “friends and allies” in the DUP to enable her to lead a government.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

DUP soared ahead, with 53,400 votes more than Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill (centre), with newly elected Sinn Fein MP for West Tyrone Barry McElduff MP (left) and newly elected MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew (right), at the Omagh Leisure Complex, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Analysis: DUP hand strengthened ahead of UK Brexit negotiations as Tories fail to get overall majority

Alliance Party candidate for Belfast West Sorcha Eastwood – with her husband, Dale Shirlow –  at a polling station in Lisburn on their wedding day. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

DUP and Sinn Féin make major gains at expense of SDLP and Ulster Unionists

The Continuity IRA  said  a ‘small amount of arms and explosive material’ it possessed would be decommissioned. Photograph: PA.

Some scepticism about comments as group has split into several factions in recent years

 Duncan McCausland: one of a group of nine people, which also includes former chief constable of West Yorkshire Police Mark Gilmore, expected to take a case against the PSNI. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nine people expected to seek damages from force over inquiry into alleged corruption

Alliance candidate for West Belfast Sorcha Eastwood casts her vote in the 2017 General Election, with her husband, Dale Shirlow, in tow. Photograph: PA

Governments await result to weigh prospect of reinstating the Executive and Assembly

Theresa May called a snap election in April as she faced Brexit negotiations. File photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

British prime minister to reshuffle cabinet posts following general election losses

Arlene Foster has urged unionists to rally behind the DUP to demonstrate to Sinn Féin that there is little or no prospect of a referendum on unity succeeding. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Big focus will be on performance of DUP and Sinn Féin

Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill and Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swann debating on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Five main Northern Ireland political parties battle it out on BBC ahead of Thursday’s vote

Election posters for Michelle Gildernew of Sinn Féin and Tom Elliott of the UUP. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Tom Elliott was a surprise victor in 2015, but Michelle Gildernew should have the edge

Alliance leader Naomi Long and DUP Deputy leader Nigel Dodds at UTV Studios on Monday for the Westminster Election Debate. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Group with backing of UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando warns unionists against voting for Alliance

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