Nationalist youths clashing with loyalists at the Lanark Way peaceline in west Belfast: Nationalists understandably want the Irish Government to take an assertive position by their side with unionism in meltdown. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Four years ago, Dublin and London took an institution meant to solve problems and turned it into a controversy in its own right. Now this is happening(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin and British prime minister Boris Johnson greet each other with an elbow bump at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast last August. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds. – William Shakespeare ( Sonne(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin greets British prime minister Boris Johnson  with an elbow bump at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast last August. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland’s relations with the United Kingdom involve fundamental values and interests expressed through changing events that require enduring instituti(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘I think all of us share the challenge of the impact of Covid on the economy and jobs and on livelihoods.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has called for a more co-ordinated response to coronavirus between the British and Irish governments and the devolved adminis(...)

John Hume entered politics in the 1960s with the intention of building a nationalist parliamentary opposition, reforming Stormont from the inside along Westminster lines – something unionists today would welcome unreservedly. Videograb: PA

It is fitting that the North-South Ministerial Council reconvened in Dublin Castle last Friday for its first full meeting since November 2016. Of all(...)

(From left) Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and First Minister Arlene Foster at a press confrerence at Dublin Castle for the first summit of the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) since before Northern Ireland’s powersharing administration collapsed. Photograph: PA

A plan to ensure that information in passenger locator forms for those flying into Ireland are shared more effectively between North and South was dis(...)

The North’s Minister for Health has written to his Irish counterpart asking him to consider the introduction of new laws to track the movements of international travellers across Ireland.  File photograph: Ana Ferreira/Bloomberg

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann has urged Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to consider a Dublin/Stormont agreement to track interna(...)

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said the current situation was a ‘very confusing picture’.  Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Ministers in the North are to ask the Irish and British governments to convene a summit of the British-Irish Council to address inconsistencies around(...)

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(...)

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