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British prime minister  Theresa May is taking an upbeat stance on securing a Brexit deal, as Ireland insists the UK must stick to its commitments on keeping a soft border with the Republic. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

What’s going on in London - are the British pulling back from the Brexit deal last week? As of now, it seems not. David Davis, the British Brexit min(...)

British prime minister Theresa May arrives for a carol concert at a church in her Maidenhead constituency  on Friday. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Downing Street staff Christmas party was in full swing all around her on Thursday night as Theresa May negotiated with Brussels, Dublin and Belfas(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar holds a press  conference in Dublin on Friday morning after the European Commission announced that “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Relief was already a welcome guest at the table as the Cabinet sat down for its Christmas dinner in the National Gallery, next door to Leinster House,(...)

Anti-Brexit protesters hold flags as Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party speaks, flanked by other DUP MPs, outside the Houses of Parliament in London, earlier this week. Photograph:  Hannah McKay/Reuters

The sky is blue, then black, the trees are shivering in the north winds and the first snows of winter have arrived on the farmlands of Fermanagh. Las(...)

Theresa May and Arlene Foster: the DUP this week helped to kill the thing it purports to love – the power and prestige of Britain. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

It has never seemed more apt that perhaps the greatest work of English literature, William Shakespeare’s King Lear, is about the consequences of a cap(...)

Ivan Yates: once Northerners 'get out of their time warp they’re welcome to join a united Ireland'. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

During the dark days of the Troubles a piece of archetypally Northern graffiti could be spotted in the grimy toilet of a Belfast pub. “No Pope here”, (...)

Sinn Féin billboard calls for “No Hard Border”:   the European Commission has announced “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Launching a history on Friday of the Sunningdale Agreement written by a former top Irish civil servant, the 82-year-old Séamus Mallon joked dryly that(...)

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood: “We are likely to see a very soft Brexit.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Progress on the Brexit deal was given a qualified welcome by parties in Northern Ireland on Friday. The DUP, whose intervention led to the collapse o(...)

 Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney during  a press conference in Dublin after the deal was agreed. Photograph:  Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The commitments made by Britain to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland are “politically bullet-proof” and “cast iron”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar(...)

“The problem that the Brexiteers most relentlessly ignored has come to determine the entire shape of their project”

Let’s not understate the import of what Ireland has just achieved. It has not just secured an outcome that minimises the damage of Brexit on this isla(...)

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