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DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson. Like the rest of unionism, he is a bystander in negotiations between London and Brussels and will simply have to sell whatever mitigations emerge. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Watching Jeffrey Donaldson turn the DUP back towards accepting the protocol is an absurd and impressive spectacle. Difficult though it may to believe(...)

US tech giants should bear some of the cost of major investment for 5G, fibre and cable networks in Europe because they use them so heavily, telecoms CEOs argue. Photograph:  Miquel Benitez/Getty Images

US tech giants should bear some of the costs of developing Europe’s telecoms networks because they use them so heavily, the chief executives of Deuts(...)

The Ulster Tower is a replica of Helen’s Tower, a Victorian folly built in famine times by Lord Dufferin on the Clandeboye estate in Co Down. Photograph: myLoupe/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Ulster Tower is untypical of the traditional masculine solemnity of most first World War memorials on the Western Front. With its high tower and n(...)

Smurfit Kappa stock slipped 2.2%  to €44.35

European stocks slumped to their lowest in two months on Friday as warnings from companies and factory activity data highlighted the economic headwind(...)

Deutsche Telekom’s HQ in Germany. After the deals, SoftBank will continue to own 41 per cent of its Japanese telecoms subsidiary, 4.5 per cent of Deutsche Telekom and 3.3 per cent of T-Mobile US.

Deutsche Telekom has agreed a multipronged deal with SoftBank that deepens its bet on the lucrative US market and will see the Japanese group take a r(...)

Swimmers playing in the Weir at Lucan during blazing sunshine. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The highest temperature of the year to date has been recorded with 27.5 degrees reached at Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon on Friday afternoon. In Nort(...)

The huge bonfire in Craigyhill, Larne, is lit on the ‘Eleventh night’ to usher in the Twelfth of July commemorations. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Hundreds of Orange Order Twelfth of July parades will take place across Northern Ireland on Monday – but in more localised and restricted fashion due (...)

Quincey Dougan, a Markethill Orangeman: “A united Ireland negates the existence of anyone called a unionist.” Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Quincey Dougan sits at the Orange memorial at the bottom of Main Street in Markethill. At the top of the hill stands the Millar Memorial Orange Hall, (...)

In the past, flexibility has been presented as a bonus – offering workers greater convenience or autonomy – while eroding boundaries in practice. Photograph: iStock

For 10 years, Jonathan has been available on email. He receives messages as early as 6am and as late as midnight, and steadily for a 12-hour stretch e(...)

Pilib Mistéil, principal of Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh in Ballymurphy, Belfast, remembers when being a Gaeilgeoir made him an oddity.  Photograph: Stephen Davison

While Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill were making their fateful pledges of office at Stormont on Thursday, a class of seven year olds in west Belfast (...)

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