Minister of state for energy and clean growth, Claire Perry, and secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, arrive at Downing Street for a Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Northern Secretary has said “mistakes happen” after an internal British government briefing paper was accidentally leaked to reporters ahead of a (...)

Charlotte Caldwell, and her son Billy, from Co Tyrone,  stand outside the Home Office during a break in a meeting with officials to discuss how Billy can have his severe epilepsy treated with cannabis oil,  a banned substance in Britain, in London, June 11th, 2018. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

A document sent to outlets on Sunday night about a media opportunity with Northern Secretary Karen Bradley today, contains briefing lines for her to u(...)

Anti-Brexit demonstrators gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London last week. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Many a headline in recent days has proclaimed the arrival of soft Brexit. That’s because the semantic game at the heart of Brexit is now focused on th(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: “A new and better Ireland is emerging.” Photograph: RTÉ

Sinn Féin is a party of government and wants to be part of a “progressive” administration in Dublin after the next general election, party leader Mary(...)

A woman should be the next taoiseach and Mary Lou McDonald is the person for the job, Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (left) has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

A woman should be the next taoiseach and Mary Lou McDonald is the person for the job, Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Michelle O’Neill has said. Speaking a(...)

Former MP for Stormount Austin Currie in Kinnard Park, Caledon, where in 1968 his housing protest there helped instigate the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

On the evening of June 20th, 1968, Austin Currie sent a letter of thanks to Mrs McKenna, of Kinnard Park, Caledon. “I think today we have made histor(...)

Sinn Féin deputy Dáil leader Pearse Doherty; Louise O’Reilly; leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill; and president Mary Lou McDonald urging a Yes vote in the abortion referendum. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin faces into its first ardfheis with Mary Lou McDonald as leader in bullish form. The transition from Gerry Adams to McDonald has gone well, (...)

Helen Slater, from Bristol, joins anti-Brexit demonstrators as they wave European Union and Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Rick Findler/PA Wire

A “temporary little arrangement” (TLA) was how Albert Reynolds described the Fianna Fáil-PD coalition of the late 1980s. A necessary, but grubby compr(...)

Leo Varadkar launches Féile An Phobail at St Mary’s University College, Belfast last Friday as part of his visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the “tectonic plates” of Irish politics are shifting as a result of Brexit, with opinion polls showing rising support (...)

The party said it operates “under a constitution and a code of conduct”.

The Democratic Unionist Party is prepared to impose fines of up to £1,000 (€1,100) on its politicians if they speak to the media without permission fr(...)

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