DUP leader designate Edwin Poots  pictured at Parliament Buildings in Belfast on Friday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

On the face of it the election of Edwin Poots as the next leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is a step backwards towards a more confrontati(...)

Health secretary Matt Hancock. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

British health secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday there was increasing confidence that vaccines worked against the coronavirus variant first detect(...)

President Michael D Higgins  listed “numerous interventions” that could have mitigated the impact of the famine. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The “devastating consequences” of the Irish Famine could have been avoided had the British government acted more decisively, President Michael D Higgi(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street on Friday. Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Irish and British officials will seek to work together on topics including legacy issues in the North, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said last night, after(...)

Events in Scotland show that a result as close as 50 per cent plus one does not necessarily meet the test of making a nationalist win likely. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Much thought is given to the impact of Scottish independence on unionists in Northern Ireland. Equal thought should be given to the impact on national(...)

Prime minister Boris Johnson elbow greets a nurse at Westminster Abbey’s annual service for the Florence Nightingale Foundation, to mark nurses’ contribution to the community. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

A public inquiry into the British government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic will begin next spring, Boris Johnson has told MPs. Conducted unde(...)

Joseph Murphy’s family cheer after the inquest found that 10 people killed in west Belfast almost 50 years ago in the wake of an Army operation were “entirely innocent”. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

There could scarcely be a more searing indictment of the actions of the British soldiers who killed at least nine unarmed civilians in Ballymurphy, we(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer as Queen Elizabeth delivers a speech in the House of Lords on Tuesday. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The British government has signalled a retreat from plans to block the prosecution and imprisonment of former soldiers for alleged crimes committed du(...)

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index fell 2 per cent, its biggest percentage decline since late December

European stocks tumbled from all-time highs on Tuesday, with the travel, retail and technology sectors among the top losers after global sentiment tur(...)

Detail from a postal first-day cover issued to mark the 50th anniversary of Northern Ireland.

It was the Russian minister Grigory Potemkin who gave his name to the putative village of the same name. The story, no doubt embellished, is that whil(...)

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