When she was a minister in Stormont, Arlene Foster introduced the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme regulations  and had it passed by the Northern Assembly. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The litany of incompetence and irresponsibility at political and official level disclosed to date in the inquiry into the cash for ash scandal in Nort(...)

Helen McEntee, Eamon Mallie, Noel Murphy, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone and Declan McGrath pose in front of Murphy’s portrait of all the women members of the Oireachtas.

Straight after Taoiseach’s Questions on Tuesday, Leo Varadkar rushed from the Dáil chamber and down the main staircase for a photocall in front of one(...)

A mural referencing the Renewable Heat Incentive  crisis and Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster in a Belfast city centre car park in January 2017. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

When Seamus Hughes clicked “send” on an email to a manager in Northern Ireland’s biggest private business early on August 28th, 2015, he knew the rene(...)

Outgoing president of the Confederation of British Industry Paul Drechsler said the problems around Brexit were so great that solutions could not be delayed until October.

Negotiations around the UK’s exit from the EU are entering a period of “high-wire political theatre,” the outgoing president of the Confederation of B(...)

Shoppers walk past a Debenhams shop in Oxford Street,  London.  The group’s poor performance has been blamed on increased discounting by rival high street retailers. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

What shape will the British high street be in this time next year? The omens are not looking good, with more gloomy news from the retail sector on Tue(...)

Minister of state for energy and clean growth, Claire Perry, and secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, arrive at Downing Street for a Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Northern Secretary has said “mistakes happen” after an internal British government briefing paper was accidentally leaked to reporters ahead of a (...)

Theresa May’s government has made a proposal for the backstop that would involve the whole of the UK remaining within the EU customs territory, but it has not yet set out its proposals for regulatory alignments. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

The backstop arrangement to guarantee no hard border after Brexit will not require full regulatory alignment with the single market, a Brexit ministe(...)

Charlotte Caldwell, and her son Billy, from Co Tyrone,  stand outside the Home Office during a break in a meeting with officials to discuss how Billy can have his severe epilepsy treated with cannabis oil,  a banned substance in Britain, in London, June 11th, 2018. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

A document sent to outlets on Sunday night about a media opportunity with Northern Secretary Karen Bradley today, contains briefing lines for her to u(...)

Exterior view of the Glasgow School of Art  in the historic Mackintosh Building, and of the adjacent O2 ABC Glasgow, as firefighters continue to work  following a major  fire on Friday night. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Calls for a public inquiry into the fire that gutted Glasgow’s world-renowned School of Art have been rejected as premature. Both UK Scottish secreta(...)

Anti-Brexit demonstrators gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London last week. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Many a headline in recent days has proclaimed the arrival of soft Brexit. That’s because the semantic game at the heart of Brexit is now focused on th(...)

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