Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill outside the party’s  headquarters in Belfast. The party has  rejected a DUP proposal for an an immediate restoration of the assembly in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said DUP leader Arlene Foster has made a “real effort this week” in trying to reconvene formal talks o(...)

James Brokenshire: he is planning to make contact with party leaders in the coming week to prepare for a return to talks.  Photograph: Getty Images

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire is this week due to sound out party leaders on the prospects of reinstating the Northern Executive and Assembly d(...)

Turning to the position of Sinn Féin and the IRA, Dermot Gallagher expressed ‘great interest’  in the recent statement from Sinn Féin and, particularly, from Martin McGuinness (its vice-president).Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Martin McGuinness’ role within republicanism is highlighted in previously confidential files declassified today in Belfast from 1990. The softer tone(...)

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has called on all nationalist parties to work together to deliver a united Ireland. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A senior Sinn Féin MLA has called on all nationalist parties to work together to deliver a united Ireland. During a speech in Co Mayo on Sunday to c(...)

George Galloway speaking in Derry. Photograph: robertemmett.co.uk

Brexit and demographic change will lead to a united Ireland by 2037, the former British MP George Galloway has said. “The feeling of wishing to remai(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams meets then US president Bill Clinton in the in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on St Patrick’s Day, 2000. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

Transcripts released by the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas to The Irish Times present a fascinating insight into the role played by Bill Cli(...)

Martin McGuinness: “He helped bring an end to the longest-running political dispute in the history of the western world. After decades and against great odds, we saw the gun permanently taken out of Irish politics,” said Congressman Richard Neal. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Friends, family and members of Congress gathered in the early-morning sunshine in Washington DC on Tuesday as the US political community paid tribute (...)

Cheesy photo op Award: A shot taken from the Twitter feed of Leo Varadkar of himself and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau jogging in Phoenix Park, Dublin in July. File photograph: @campaignforleo/PA Wire

For Promoting Better Public Understanding of Science Danny Healy-Rae. Without Danny how would we know that climate change is a swizz and that driving(...)

Frustration with the never-ending political stalemate in the North pales into insignificance by comparison with the decades of violence that blighted the region. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Getty Images

Ireland, North and South, has made immeasurable progress since the second IRA ceasefire 20 years ago. Although residual sectarian conflict is an ongoi(...)

James Green (4) at the Belfast peace wall at Sliabh Dubh estate, opposite an old military sanger on the Springfield Road interface. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

“It’s brilliant, like a whole new world,” says Gerard Frame, looking out of the window of his Ardoyne home across the Crumlin Road to Holy Cross in no(...)