A car on fire in the North Queen Street area of Belfast, close to the site of a contentious bonfire. A refusal to tackle dangerous loyalist bonfires has undermined faith in the rule of law. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

In 1886, recalling a riot in Portadown, the journalist Frankfort Moore famously observed: “Every boy and girl in the crowd understood the art thorough(...)

‘After a year of exploring technological Border solutions, the Government has suddenly lost faith in this approach.’ Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The movement of goods across the Border following Brexit is a problem of smuggling, not customs facilities. Without smuggling, customs requirements f(...)

Sinn Féin national chair Declan Kearney pitched his proposal in the North’s main unionist newspaper. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sinn Féin national chair Declan Kearney is not usually a profferer of solutions. His typical role is to issue hardline statements, serving as a kind o(...)

Simon Coveney  is entitled to express frustration with the UK’s appalling ill-preparedness for Brexit. Once again the real problem with his remarks was their futile, ill-timed stirring of the pot

Three weeks ago, as Stormont talks approached their latest deadline, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney publicly backed the nationalist de(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. The DUP routes all candidate donations via the party, as does Sinn Féin. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Pressure is building for more disclosure on political donations in Northern Ireland. A long-standing exemption to the UK’s donor transparency law was (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

There are many issues involved in the latest Stormont stand-off, but an Irish language Act has become the sticking point between Sinn Féin and the DUP(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. “There is an extent to which Adams is always still voiced by an actor.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

If you want to know what the DUP-Tory deal means for power-sharing and the peace process you need only listen to Gerry Adams, the one person inclined (...)

London visit: Theresa May looked at Leo Varadkar like he was the star of her own personal rom-com. Photograph:  Philip Toscano/WPA Pool/Getty Images

We had two Fine Gael visitors to the UK on Monday, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in London to meet the prime minister, Theresa May, and Minister for For(...)

 Arlene Foster and her deputy, Nigel Dodds, arrive at 10 Downing Street for talks on a deal to prop up a Tory minority administration. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The Democratic Unionist Party has been stung by questions in Britain this week, about its relationship with the paramilitary Ulster Defence Associatio(...)

Protesters  march against the Conservative  alliance with the DUP over the weekend. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The first question to address, regarding last week’s UK election result, is how long Theresa May’s minority government can last. This has an urgent b(...)