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John Bruton: ‘I think the DUP veto wouldn’t apply, essentially (if they took their seats),’ he said. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin could have “neutralised” the Democratic Unionist Party’s crucial veto on the outcome of Brexit by taking their seats at Westminster, former (...)

The North has been without a devolved government since January 2017, and the Stormont civil servants running departments have limited decision-making powers. Photograph: Eric Luke

Northern Ireland is falling behind on human rights in a broad range of areas according to a new report from the NI Human Rights Commission. Multiple (...)

The atmosphere in Westminster fuels the DUP sense of paranoia and its conviction that Northern Ireland is being treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Northern Ireland is changing, and quickly. Despite the presence of several seats of learning here I continue to be surprised at the absence of any ser(...)

File photograph of former DUP  minister Jonathan Bell. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A former DUP minister secretly recorded a “personal and private” conversation with senior party colleagues about a botched green energy scheme, writte(...)

John Kerry: “I have concerns that depending on what kind of Brexit takes place, it could have a negative impact on the progress made in the last 20 years... We have to see how this is going to be resolved.” File photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Former US secretary of state John Kerry has warned it is “imperative” to resolve the issues thrown up by Brexit surrounding the Irish Border in a way (...)

British prime minister Theresa May visited Queen’s University in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/Reuters

British prime minister Theresa May, on a visit to Northern Ireland to drum up support for her Brexit deal, failed to soften the DUP’s continued strong(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said if Sinn Féin are  unwilling to take up their seats because they feel they can’t ‘they do have the option now of resigning their seats’ Photograph: PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called on Sinn Féin to take up their seats at Westminster or else consider resigning them ahead of a crucial week for Briti(...)

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds on stage at the DUP annual party conference in Belfast on Saturday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

“Bin the backstop,” said Nigel Dodds. “Junk the backstop,” said Boris Johnson. That in a nutshell was what the DUP’s annual conference was about in r(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster at her party’s    annual conference at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast.  Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA

DUP leader Arlene Foster when delivering her keynote speech at her party’s annual conference rejected the British government “spin” that the only choi(...)

Boris Johnson speaking at the DUP annual conference  in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA

The United Kingdom is “on the verge of making a historic mistake” if it votes through the draft Brexit agreement, former British foreign secretary Bor(...)

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