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Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley speaking to the media outside Stormont House as as attempts to restore power-sharing at Stormont continues. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments are striving to persuade the North’s five main parties to strike a deal to restore Stormont before the loyalist marc(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Former Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) executive Ian McLaughlin has been named as chief executive of Bank of Ireland’s UK operation. The former managin(...)

Metallica: the veteran US heavy-metal band are on their WorldWired tour. Photograph: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty

Seventy-five thousand fans are expected to see Metallica perform at Slane Castle on Saturday, June 8th, and at least 10 per cent of them are likely to(...)

 Labour Party leader  Jeremy Corbyn is welcomed to  Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin by  President Michael D Higgins.

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday morning for discussions about Brexit as part of a low-key visit to D(...)

 Tom Van Grieken, president of the far-right Flemish separatist party Vlaams Belang, leaves after a meeting with Belgium’s King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw – RC1323AA10E0/Reuters

Belgium’s King Philippe has started the rounds again, party by party, to broker what will inevitably be a most peculiar new governing coalition. If ev(...)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May, who are reviewing what progress has been made in the talks aimed at restoring S(...)

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May to implement an Irish language act in Northern Ireland.

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Th(...)

Alliance party leader Naomi Long’s election is highly significant for the welcome signal it sends that there is a moderate political centre in Northern Ireland capable of making its presence felt.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The election of Alliance Party leader Naomi Long to the European Parliament means that two of the three MEPs elected by the people of Northern Ireland(...)

Alliance party leader and candidate Naomi Long (centre), at the European Parliamentary elections count at the Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The success of Alliance was the headline of the local elections in early May in Northern Ireland and it was the headline of the European Parliament el(...)

Almost 100,000 applications for Irish passports were received from British citizens last year, as people dug up neglected Irish roots in the hope of retaining EU citizenship. Photograph: iStock

I have always known that my father, Paul, was adopted and possibly of Irish descent. I just wasn’t that interested. Neither of us were. When I was gro(...)

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