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Sinn Féin’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill  at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast on Wednesday. She insisted her party “had an accommodation on all the issues” with the DUP. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

All this week, restoring the Northern Executive and Assembly hung on whether Arlene Foster could show leadership and nerve and sell the language eleme(...)

Road sign in front of Parliament Buildings at Stormont: political parties must have a concept of the common good as well as their own self-interest. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

It is truly depressing to consider that 20 years after the signing of the Belfast Agreement we are once more looking at a breakdown in a tortuous set (...)

Simon Coveney: he said he had spoken with Northern Secretary Karen Bradley, and would remain in close contact

The Government was taken completely by surprise by the abrupt decision of the DUP to withdraw from negotiations to restore the Northern institutions, (...)

Mr Varadkar said checks between Ireland and Britain would be inevitable if the UK decided to leave the customs union and the single market and did not replace them with a new arrangement that was very similar or close to them

The Government wants the avoidance of a hard border between the Republic and the North written into the agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the Euro(...)

A Coastwatch volunteer collected this waste in one outing on a small stretch of coastline between Garrarus beach and Kilfarrasy Beach on the Co Waterford coastline. The haul includes a fridge and many plastic bottles.

Drinks containers, particularly plastic bottles, are the most frequent form of litter found on Irish coastlines, according to the environmental group (...)

Jim Allister said that, when asked a question in Irish, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill “looked like rabbits in the headlights”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin, advocacy manager for Conradh na Gaeilge in Belfast was asked how many people in Northern Ireland speak Irish. According to t(...)

The team in Stormont, with Leo Varadkar and Theresa May in the centre. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Leo must have misread the memo. They were supposed to be “bilateral” talks in Stormont on Monday. But the Taoiseach, it seems, thought he was attend(...)

Stormont talks: Theresa May in Northern Ireland on Monday, when she and Leo Varadkar discussed the state of play in Brexit talks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The British prime minister, Theresa May, asked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to help explore how to shape the UK’s future relationship with the European Unio(...)

British prime minister Theresa May holds a press conference at Stormont House on Monday. “I have been urging the parties to make one final push for the sake of the people of Northern Ireland,” she said. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May have exhorted the DUP and Sinn Féin to make “one final push” to strike a deal to reinst(...)

“There’s at least one incident where there’s a person in a wheelchair, a handbag hanging over the back of the wheelchair, and it’s approached by this applicant,” the prosecuting counsel alleged. Photograph: iStock

A woman allegedly stole from pensioners and a wheelchair user in a series of crimes across parts of Northern Ireland, the High Court heard on Monday. (...)

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