Northern Ireland

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Political murals on  a wall in Belfast. Photograph: Chris Carmichael/New York Times

The absence of a Northern Executive and Assembly has had a “major adverse impact” on plans to tackle paramilitarism in Northern Ireland, the Independe(...)

 Michael D Higgins: ‘What people will vote for on Friday is my record and my probity as a public representative for so long and in so many different offices.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has said he shares the concerns of the country’s premier Leo Varadkar that there is a risk of a return to violence if a ha(...)

The night before Seán Armstrong was murdered,  a  man dreamed of an oak tree being felled and little shoots coming up all around the fallen tree.  Photograph:  Mark Marlow

It was a bit like falling in love. I can still see Seán Armstrong sitting on the floor in a small bedsit in Dublin’s Berkeley Road. He had a brown bea(...)

President Michael D Higgins launching his Shared Ireland, Shared Island initiative at Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda, Co Louth, on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has claimed he was following security advice from his own office when he used the Government jet to travel to Belfast for (...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and the party’s presidential candidate Liadh Ni Riada canvassing in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin will not take part in any official events to mark the centenary of the establishment of Northern Ireland, party leader Mary Lou McDonald has(...)

Senator Billy Lawless: ‘Emigrants have always been in forefront in the fight for equality and democracy in Ireland and now it is our time. We have been denied the vote for far too long.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

A referendum on extending voting rights to Irish citizens overseas in Presidential elections is planned for May 24th, 2019, the same day as local and (...)

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley: ‘We are committed to everything we have agreed to in the joint report and we will ensure there is no border on the island of Ireland.’ File photograph: Iain Duncan Smith/EPA

The British government will not allow a border to be put in place on the island of Ireland “in any situation” Northern Secretary Karen Bradley has tol(...)

Anthony McIntyre

A former IRA man interviewed for an American university project has lost a legal battle to stop police accessing his confidential tapes. Lawyers for(...)

British prime minister Theresa May’s strategy has angered eurosceptics and EU supporters alike. Andrew Matthews/PA

British prime minister Theresa May will on Monday say 95 per cent of Britain’s Brexit deal has been agreed but repeat her opposition to a European Uni(...)

Simon Coveney: “There will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop, end of story.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Reneging on the “backstop” by the United Kingdom to avoid a hard border after Brexit could open parts of the withdrawal treaty already agreed to reneg(...)

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