Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy,  Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill arrive at Government Buildings, Dublin, for a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA

There can be no “cooling off period”, direct rule from London is “not on the table” and the British and Irish Governments must immediately take steps (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tánaiste Simon Coveney is “hugely disappointed” by the DUP’s decision to withdraw from negotiations to restore the Northern institutions but says ther(...)

 Michelle O’Neill:  “We had reached an accommodation with the leadership of the DUP. The DUP failed to close the deal. They have now collapsed this process”

Sinn Féin Northern leader Michelle O’Neill has accused the DUP of collapsing a deal to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly after Arlene Foster(...)

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(...)

Blaming Sinn Féin’s “red lines” and inflexibility for the collapse of talks, DUP leader Arlene Foster repeated that a compromise had never been reached in discussions involving the Irish language, in spite of informed views to the contrary. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

By announcing that an Executive cannot be formed at this time and calling for the imposition of direct rule from Westminster, DUP leader Arlene Foster(...)

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(...)

British prime minister Theresa May speaks outside Stormont House in Belfast, following a bilateral meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A comprehensive free trade and customs deal between the UK and European Union was the best way of avoiding problems over the Northern Irish Border aft(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaking outside Stormont House in Belfast, following a bilateral meeting with British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May have said they are hopeful of a deal to reinstate the Northern Executive and Assembl(...)

Brian Morgan(Rockie) and his pet dog Saoirse: “Our generation’s day is gone. The people are in a good place. This is the first time from 1916 the Irish people is uniting.” Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

“See this area? It’s staunch. They wouldn’t let you say a bad word about Gerry Adams. He’s one of our own, a top-notcher. There’s ones from his family(...)

The advert placed in some UK national newspapers today, saying “Enough is Enough”

Freemasons have been “undeservedly stigmatised”, the organisation’s branch in England has declared as it embarks on a public campaign to prove it is n(...)

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