Chris Grant in A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe.  Photograph: Loretta Hurson

It’s a typical summer day in Belfast; leaden skies, thick cloud, heavy drizzle. But when we meet in CS Lewis Square on the city’s revitalised east sid(...)

Julian Smith, who was the British government chief whip for the past 18 months, is a senior and experienced figure unlike his predecessor Karen Bradley who was prone to gaffes and often appeared hapless during her time as Northern Secretary. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images

The visit of newly appointed Northern Secretary Julian Smith to Belfast to meet Tánaiste Simon Coveney and the five Northern parties so soon after his(...)

Louise Brown, Lucy Dixon and Peter Benson (L-R)  protesting outside the gates of parliament. Photograph:John Beardsworth

Peter Benson, originally from Co Kildare, has lived in Britain for more than 35 years and is an active anti-Brexit campaigner. He joined a group of Ir(...)

Public prosecutor Jonas Arvidsson (left) speaks to Carl  Beech in Gothenburg District Court after he was remanded for extradition back to the UK in October 2018. Photograph: David Rose/Getty Images

A former nurse who ruined the reputations of high-profile figures by lying to detectives about the existence of a murderous VIP paedophile ring has be(...)

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy: “Boris Johnson’s party abandoned the rigorous impartiality demanded by the Good Friday agreement in order to enter into a self-serving pact with the DUP.” Photograph: Getty Images

Newly appointed Northern Secretary Julian Smith will visit Belfast on Friday to hold his first meetings in his new post with Tánaiste Simon Coveney an(...)

  Karen Bradley, who  has been sacked as Northern secretary by new UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Conservative MP Karen Bradley has been sacked as Northern Ireland secretary by UK prime minister Boris Johnson, following a 19-month-long tenure in St(...)

 Karen Bradley arrives for a cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA.

Karen Bradley has been sacked as the Northern Secretary by British prime minister Boris Johnson. Ms Bradley, who was an ally of former prime ministe(...)

Peter Heathwood  at the Long Gallery in Stormont’s Parliament Buildings.  Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

What happened to Peter Heathwood – one of the campaigners for a pension for those seriously injured in the Troubles – is almost a “tale of Gothic horr(...)

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin: The Church of Ireland  was left entirely to its own devices by the British state and by the Church of England in 1869. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

This week marks 150 years since the “disestablishment” of the Church of Ireland received royal assent from Queen Victoria, having passed through the n(...)

Jo Swinson after being named as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats at Proud Embankment in London on Monday. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Jo Swinson on Monday became the first woman to lead the Liberal Democrats, urging MPs from other parties to join her on a crusade to take on “national(...)

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