Amy Huberman and Jason O’Mara arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Michael Chester

Darren Thornton’s A Date for Mad Mary has won best picture at the Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta) for film and TV drama. The statuettes were h(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speaks at the funeral of  Martin McGuinness in Derry. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The traditional parties of government in the Republic had better brace themselves, because Sinn Féin is coming after them in earnest, buoyed up by its(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire: said Britain does not want a return to direct rule over the North. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has strongly welcomed the confirmation by Northern Secretary James Brokenshire that Britain does not want a return to(...)

However unpalatable and unacceptable all the alternatives are to an agreement restoring the Northern Ireland Executive, we have, in the words of Sinn (...)

Sinn Féin’s leader at Stormont, Michelle O’Neill, announces that the talks process aimed at restoring devolution in Northern Ireland has ‘run its course’, in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There appears to be little prospect of the North’s powersharing institutions being restored by Monday’s 4pm deadline, after Sinn Féin stated that it w(...)

The Stormont Estate in Belfast. File photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

What’s this about new political talks in Northern Ireland? The British and Irish governments and the northern parties are embarking on a new attempt (...)

Martin McGuinness’s wife Bernie (c) acts as a pallbearer before the funeral of former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Martin McGuinness in Derry. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The wife of Martin McGuinness has thanked the thousands who attended his funeral for their “outpouring of love and solidarity”, and said that she and (...)

Alliance leader Naomi Long addresses her party’s conference in Belfast.

Alliance leader Naomi Long told her party’s conference in Belfast on Saturday that now is not the time to indulge in the “vanity project” of another A(...)

Ireland’s James McClean reacts to missing a chance late in their World Cup qualifying clash with Wales. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

James McClean is quickly becoming Ireland’s main man It was a huge night for the Derry man after an extremely tough week which saw him lose two close(...)

Realistic rejection of violence: an image of Martin McGuinness next  to a book of condolences   at Stormont this week. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Objectively speaking, as the Marxists like to say, the attack on Westminster Palace was, in strictly military terms, of no significance, a pinprick. T(...)