DUP leader Arlene Foster making proposals for the return of power-sharing. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, at the end of a four-day trip to Northern Ireland on Tuesday evening, was asked if the talks aimed at rein(...)

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(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has proposed that the Northern Executive be restored immediately based on a commitment that language and culture issues w(...)

The DUP leader Arlene Foster is due to make a speech on Thursday evening recommitting her party to powersharing. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

The DUP leader Arlene Foster is due to make a speech on Thursday evening recommitting her party to powersharing but questioning whether Sinn Féin is p(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney:  said the Government was planning to introduce legislation that would allow gardaí  give  evidence to the inquest into the 1976 Kingsmill massacre in Armagh. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politicians must “make things happen” if there is to be any prospect of restoring Stormont, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said in Armagh (...)

British ambassador to Ireland Lord Rugby, Irish president Seán T Kelly, British prime minister Clement Atlee and presidential secretary Michael McDunphy in 1948

Over the last year new attention has focused on the idea of Irish unity. Sinn Féin has called for a Border poll, reunification has become a subject of(...)

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(...)

 Jeremy Corbyn: he has ensured that the British government will face a treacherous task as it seeks to pass the huge European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. Photograph: PA

Labour’s latest policy shift is the most important development in the politics of Brexit since Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech last January estab(...)

 East Antrim MP Sammy  Wilson (DUP) has questioned the worth of resuming the Northern Ireland powersharing talks process, claiming Sinn Féin was making unrealistic demands. File photograph:  Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

The British government has said talks to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland remain a priority, despite scepticism from a senior Democratic Union(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin are doing themselves and their supporters a major disservice by refusing to take their seats in Westminster at a time when the nationalist p(...)