Deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness shakes hands with Queen Elizabeth as former       first minister Peter Robinson   looks on in Belfast in 2012.  Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty

Two people attending the church service in Armagh on Thursday marking the centenary of Irish partition have said the focus must be on future reconcili(...)

President Michael D Higgins:  The SDLP leader, Colum Eastwood, said people should “take him at his word when he says he can’t be there”.  Photograph:  Maxwells/PA

The Government offered no advice to President Michael D Higgins on whether or not he should attend a centenary church commemoration of partition and t(...)

 The House of Lords committee investigating the impact of the NI protocol was told that further trouble on the streets is likely over the summer months. File photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Northern Ireland was “sacrificed ... as collateral damage”, a loyalist community worker has told a House of Lords committee investigating the impact o(...)

Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok at the Border in Co Louth:  hearing first-hand the effects of the Troubles is “very different” from reading about them. Photograph: Aoife Moore /PA

The Dutch foreign minister has said another outcome to the withdrawal agreement is “not realistic” during a visit to the Irish Border. Stef Blok trav(...)

Ian Paisley: “Nothing was finalised until a few days before travelling to the event.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has justified taking a first-class flight to attend a New York conference by saying he “put himself out” to facilitate a “(...)

Brendan O’Regan, who was catering comptroller at Shannon Airport and a onetime chairman of Bord Fáilte

It may now be a global $70 billion business, but it has its origins in the mind of one Clare man. And like many innovations, the concept of duty free,(...)

Brexit secretary David Davis arrives in Downing Street in London, England. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The British government’s Brexit department has apologised after David Davis made a surprise visit to the Border. The Brexit secretary spent two hours(...)

Jim Clerkin joined Co-operatoin Ireland when still working in Ireland in 1994 and founded a chapter on the US west coast in San Francisco three years later. Photograph:  Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet and Chandon

Jim Clerkin wants to put an organisation he heads out of business. The chief executive of Moët Hennessy North America chairs Co-operation Ireland US, (...)

05/10/2015 NEWS. Bord na Mona Briquettes for sale in Sandymount Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

About 85 workers at a Bord na Móna factory face compulsory redundancy in what is the first such agreement between unions and a State company for more (...)

Martin McGuinness. “I could never see how it was right, even in a war situation, to slip out of your bed at night to go and put a bomb under somebody else’s car,” says Peter Sheridan. Photograph: Bruno Vincent/Getty Images

Northern Ireland is a complicated place, Peter Sheridan says. He liked Martin McGuinness and they became friends. Over the years they discussed, rathe(...)

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