Pupils celebrate with their GCSE results at King Edward VI High School for Girls, in Birmingham. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

The number of top GCSE results in Northern Ireland dropped by 2.2 percentage points following a shake-up of the grading system. This was the first ye(...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold acknowledged that Brexit uncertainty had hit the Irish group’s UK business. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Building materials giant CRH is not ruling out further share buybacks to follow the €900 million it is returning to investors this year. The news cam(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says the withdrawal agreement will not be reopened;   British prime minister Boris Johnson says it will not pass the House of Commons.

British prime minister Boris Johnson is to visit Dublin in early September after he and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke for almost an hour by telephone o(...)

Boris Johnson  is demanding that the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a hard border, is abolished in order for there to be an orderly UK exit. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

British pro-Brexit MP Marcus Fysh has described leaked British government papers outlining the effects of a no-deal Brexit as the work of people who d(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is expected to speak to British prime minister Boris Johnson this week.  File photograph:  Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Reuters

Leaked British government papers that outline the effect of a no-deal Brexit show the need for an orderly withdrawal by the UK from the EU, Government(...)

Murals in Republican and loyalist areas can give a one-sided view of the conflict, anti-terrorism experts say. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Romanticising the Troubles in Northern Ireland is contributing to the risk of a return to violence, experts have warned. Some 40 per cent of people i(...)

Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird at  rehearsal: “I’m sort of the everyman.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird is digging a grave on a special earth-filled platform in Wesley House off Dublin’s Leeson Street. Standing near h(...)

Irish-language protesters dressed in crocodile costumes. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Fifty years ago Northern Ireland was facing into an uncertain future with no notion of the horror ahead. Today there is no doubt the North is facing i(...)

WS Dennison development manager  Pamela Dennison:  ‘Best-case scenario is a Border similar to today.’

Pamela Dennison is development manager at WS Dennison which employs 32 people and has depots in Antrim and Limerick. What was your reaction when you (...)

British soldiers patrol the Bogside in Derry, August 1971. File photograph: Darde/AFP/Getty Images

The events of August 1969 had a decisive impact on the course of Irish history. The Battle of the Bogside, the Catholic pogrom in Belfast, the flood o(...)

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