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“I’m not interested in going to any imitator festivals at all,” says Debs Armstrong, the art decor director of Ireland’s newest festival All Together (...)

Theresa May delivers a speech at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, on Friday. The British prime minister challenged the EU to reply to last week’s British government White Paper. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May differed sharply on the Border backstop on Friday, with Mr Varadkar saying it was t(...)

DUP MP Ian Paisley apologises to the House of Commons in London for failing to register two family holidays funded by the Sri Lankan government. Photograph:  PA Wire

Ian Paisley, who boasts that Donald Trump is a friend, has had a career littered with controversy. In 2008 he resigned as a junior minister in the Sto(...)

 British Prime Minister Theresa May, takes a question from journalists after delivering a speech in Belfast. Photograph: EPA/Aidan Crawley

British prime minister Theresa May has reiterated her rejection of the Brexit backstop proposal and challenged the European Union to respond to her Wh(...)

British prime minister Theresa May is under pressure to avoid a deal where Northern Ireland is treated differently from the rest of the UK.

The UK government is committed to avoiding a “hard” Border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, given that the current lack of border checks is (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The Taoiseach’s confidence that preparations for Border controls in Ireland are unnecessary, regardless of whether the UK secures a Brexit deal or not(...)

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast is to close after 185 years.

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast, which trained priests mainly for the Down and Connor diocese, is to close after 185 years. From September next its(...)

Chris Connolly: won the Tom-Gallon Trust prize of £1,000 (€1,121) for his short story, The Speed of Light and How it Cannot Help Us

There can’t be a writer alive who doesn’t appreciate a monetary prize, no matter how famous or established they are. Everything helps. Literary prizes(...)

Belfast native Michael Comerton launched his craft beer company Platinum Beverages in Vietnam and also plans to open restaurants there too

Michael Comerton grew up in Belfast as the Troubles began. Looking back, he says he can see how little opportunity there was for business. “Having l(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s official reason for running a presidential candidate is that the Irish people deserve a choice – a stance given sting by the unvoiced fact(...)

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