A lorry driving near Dundalk: The question for all of us on this island is,  what else can make those who see themselves as British feel at home in Ireland? Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The health of Britishness is a vital Irish national interest. In surveys, a little under half of people in Northern Ireland say they feel strongly Bri(...)

British prime minister Theresa May. “While Ireland can’t make Theresa May ask for more time, it can try to make it clear that more time will be given if she asks for it.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

‘I wasted time, and now doth time waste me;/For now hath time made me his numbering clock . . .” Shakespeare’s Richard II, the powerless king of a lan(...)

Brexit is fuelled by an English nationalism as crude and self-deluded as Irish nationalism used to be

It was easy to forget that this week saw the 20th anniversary of another momentous Irish referendum. Oddly enough, it is all the easier to forget beca(...)

The relationship between Ireland and the United Kingdom is being “tested” for the first time in several years over the Brexit negotiations, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The relationship between Ireland and the United Kingdom is being “tested” for the first time in several years over the Brexit negotiations, Tánaiste a(...)

Noel Dorr: he argues that even though it failed to bring peace Sunningdale marked a turning point of great historical importance

One of Ireland’s most eminent diplomats of the past half century has said that part of the reason for the collapse of the Sunningdale Agreement in 197(...)

British prime minister Theresa May responds to questions after she announced in the House of Commons  that she has triggered article 50. Photograph: PA Wire

British prime minister Theresa May has adopted a conciliatory tone at the start of the United Kingdom’s negotiations to leave the European Union, stre(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster  walks past a painting of Ian Paisley at Stormont yesterday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Arlene Foster’s career has moved in quite an upward trajectory considering that, shortly after the 1998 Belfast Agreement, she herself considered that(...)

Alan Kelly has called on Gerry Adams to say the IRA “will never exist again”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams must assure the Irish public the IRA no longer exists and “will never exist again”, according to the Minister for Environ(...)

Poet Michael Longley speaking at the Ulster Hall, where he received the freedom of Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast

Michael Longley is a poet who has “looked history square in the face” and who also played an important civic part in the creation of the 1998 Belfast (...)

Union flags being waved in front of Belfast’s City Hall last December during protests over the decision by Belfast City Council to limit the number of days the flag is flown from the building. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Fifteen years after the Belfast Agreement and more than six years into devolution, the storm clouds are gathering. Austerity has robbed Norther(...)

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