Minister for foreign affairs David Andrews and Northern Secretary Peter Brooke.

Former Northern Ireland secretary of state Peter Brooke confided in an Irish diplomat that he had a subscription for the republican newspaper An Phobl(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. File potograph: Alan Betson

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has rejected Boris Johnson’s claim that the Northern Irish backstop undermines the Belfast Agr(...)

Bandsmen march during the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

It can be debated whether it is helpful to be talking now about a future united Ireland. However, when such a central figure in Ulster unionism as Pe(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  said that Brexit now threatened “genuinely historic damage”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ireland and the UK may be facing their last chance to “save the opportunities for reconciliation” created by the Belfast Agreement, Fianna Fáil leade(...)

 Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire:  said it would be a hugely retrograde step after years of progress if the UK government had to take back direct charge of Northern Ireland. File Photograph: PA

The British government will consider whether to stop paying members of the Northern Ireland Assembly if Ulster politicians fail to reach a deal to res(...)

The possibility of Irish unity must be considered in Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU, so that both parts of a unified Ireland could be part of the EU,  Taoiseach Enda Kenny  has told a high-level British-Irish conference. Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick/Collins.

The possibility of Irish unity must be considered in Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU, so that both parts of a unified Ireland could be part of (...)

 Brexit Secretary David Davis is greeted by (left to right) Foreign Affairs Minster Charlie Flanagan, Tanaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and European Affairs Minister Dara Murphy after arriving at Iveagh House in Dublin ahead of talks. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

The British secretary of state for Brexit, David Davis, met Taoiseach Enda Kenny and senior Government Ministers in Dublin yesterday for discussions (...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (centre) at Stormont where he said there will be no further routine meetings of the power-sharing Executive until the political crisis is resolved. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Talks aimed at securing the future of Stormont begin on Tuesday against a background of recrimination after the DUP said it would boycott meetings (...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: Theresa Villiers making a “huge mistake” by her welfare threat. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The British and Irish governments and the North’s five main parties against a backdrop of crisis over the status of the IRA and welfare reform deadloc(...)

The decision by the British Government to threaten to impose welfare cuts in Northern Ireland unilaterally has been opposed by the Government, Ministe(...)

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