Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has insisted there can be no return to direct rule for Northern Ireland.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has insisted direct rule from Westminster is “not on the table” for Northern Ireland and has appealed to the DUP to(...)

Irish-language protesters in the Whiterock area of Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenghan/Pacemaker

It will come as a shock to many people that the issue of an Irish language Act has been a factor in the collapse of the talks to restore devolution in(...)

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, (...)

Parliament buildings in Belfast.  Photograph: Reuters

Once more politics in Northern Ireland is mired in stalemate. So much has again got lost in translation. It goes far deeper than a mere dispute about (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tánaiste Simon Coveney is “hugely disappointed” by the DUP’s decision to withdraw from negotiations to restore the Northern institutions but says ther(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster with deputy leader Nigel Dodds: Republicans who imagine Ms Foster pitted against Mr Dodds are like unionists who hoped for rows between Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

On Tuesday, as the DUP began retreating from a Stormont deal, it was forced to deny a split between its MPs and assembly members. “There is no p(...)

 Michelle O’Neill:  “We had reached an accommodation with the leadership of the DUP. The DUP failed to close the deal. They have now collapsed this process”

Sinn Féin Northern leader Michelle O’Neill has accused the DUP of collapsing a deal to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly after Arlene Foster(...)

Sinn Féin’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill  at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast on Wednesday. She insisted her party “had an accommodation on all the issues” with the DUP. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

All this week, restoring the Northern Executive and Assembly hung on whether Arlene Foster could show leadership and nerve and sell the language eleme(...)

Road sign in front of Parliament Buildings at Stormont: political parties must have a concept of the common good as well as their own self-interest. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

It is truly depressing to consider that 20 years after the signing of the Belfast Agreement we are once more looking at a breakdown in a tortuous set (...)

Blaming Sinn Féin’s “red lines” and inflexibility for the collapse of talks, DUP leader Arlene Foster repeated that a compromise had never been reached in discussions involving the Irish language, in spite of informed views to the contrary. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

By announcing that an Executive cannot be formed at this time and calling for the imposition of direct rule from Westminster, DUP leader Arlene Foster(...)

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