The draft framework deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael  mostly repeats Irish government commitments in the Belfast Agreement and more recent deals to re-establish Stormont. Photograph: iStock

The draft framework deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael has been described as intellectually dead. Policy-free promises of “housing for all” and “a(...)

The Northern Secretary Julian Smith has announced that new talks aimed at restoring Stormont are to begin just four days after the Westminster general election. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Northern Secretary Julian Smith has announced new talks aimed at restoring Stormont will begin just four days after the Westminster general electi(...)

A Stormont deal by Easter is entering the realms of plausibility, yet for that very reason there will be carte blanche to extend the deadline again. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

At the British-Irish Council meeting in Dublin last Thursday, Northern Secretary Julian Smith said if Stormont is not restored by the statutory talks (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Northern Secretary Julian Smith at the British-Irish Council meeting at Farmleigh in Dublin. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland will face new elections to the Stormont assembly if the parties do not agree to reform the assembly and the power-sharing executive (...)

The Taoiseach reiterated the Government’s opposition to the introduction of direct rule after Brexit, which is widely expected. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government will seek to have a “consultative role” in the government of Northern Ireland if the British Government imposes direct rule after a no-(...)

Gabriel Makhlouf, New Zealand’s treasury secretary and incoming governor of the Central Bank.

Incoming Central Bank of Ireland governor Gabriel Makhlouf will make a statement on his controversial handling of a budget leak in New Zealand, Minist(...)

(From left) First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, minister for the cabinet office David Lidington and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a press conference a British Irish Council  summit meeting in Manchester. Photograph: PA

The new British prime minster will get a “fair hearing” from the European Union but the current Brexit deal and the backstop, the insurance policy to (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon at the British Irish Council’s 31st summit meeting. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said a successful outcome to Brexit negotiations by Christmas is “more likely than not”. In one of his most confident(...)

Anti-Brexit campaigners stand outside parliament in London with EU and Union Flags. Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit is expected to dominate the agenda as leaders from across the UK and Ireland attend a meeting on the Isle of Man on Friday. Taoiseach Leo Vara(...)

DUP Leader Arlene Foster said it is “very clear to me that Theresa May will have a job of work to do if she is going to get this through Cabinet.”. Photograph: Reuters

The Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has said she will not support British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to have a Northern Irel(...)

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