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Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern:  “It’s feeding badly into the political system in the South, the political system in the North, and it’s poisoning the system in the North. There’s no winners in this, everyone is a loser.” File photograph: RollingNews.ie

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has described as “depressing and disappointing” the ongoing impasse in Northern Irish politics which has prevented progr(...)

Abortion remains illegal in Northern Ireland including in the cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormalities making it one of the most restrictive systems in Europe. File photograph: PA Wire

Women from Northern Ireland will be able to access abortion services in the south when the regime is introduced here, the Government has pledged. Spe(...)

Belfast once boasted the most bombed hotel in Europe. It was arguably the only claim to fame its hotel sector had during the dark days of the Troubles(...)

Gay rights campaigner Justin McAleese aid he had a “huge problem” with the level of leadership in the Catholic Church. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Faith-based objections have no place in the secular same-sex marriage debate in Northern Ireland, the son of former president Mary McAleese said. It (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has insisted her party will not sign up for a standalone Irish language Act in any new set of negotiations aimed at resto(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  pictured during a media briefing at Government Buildings. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has stressed that the Government is prepared to be “flexible” on the exact content of the Border “backstop” but would not compr(...)

Green Party leader in Northern Ireland Steven Agnew said: “It’s not easy being Green.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland is to quit, blaming in part the powersharing impasse at Stormont for sapping his drive for the job. (...)

Former NI first minister Peter Robinson told   the MacGill Summer School in Glenties that the Republic’s relationship with the North  will never be the same again after Brexit. Photograph: North West Nespix

Former Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson believes the North should prepare for the possibility of a united Ireland. Speaking at the MacG(...)

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (second left) meets local MPs and business leaders during his visit to the Magee campus of Ulster University in Derry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Preventing an “east-west border” between Northern Ireland and Britain is as non-negotiable for the UK in the Brexit talks as avoiding a “North-South” (...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney will travel to London for the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has denied that Dublin is “meddling” in UK politics by taking part in talks at Westminster on the restorati(...)

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