Jeffrey Donaldson said  he was not aware of a  deal between Sinn Féin and the British government over the release of funding for legacy inquests. Photograph: PA

DUP justice and legacy spokesman Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP has claimed he was not aware of a side deal between Sinn Féin and the British government ove(...)

 Eamonn Mallie with Ian Paisley and  Baroness Eileen Paisley in 2014: Baroness Paisley urged leaders on both sides to ‘confess  your sin and confess your mistakes’

Baroness Eileen Paisley has criticised DUP leader Arlene Foster and said her late husband Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness would not have created the(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  addresses the media with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney  after the collapse of the latest Northern talks. A  pointed comparison must be made between their approach and that of Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been in touch with the Minister for Foreign Affairs over the Stormont talks. “I’ve been talking to Simon Coveney an(...)

Actor and film-maker John Connors: “A BBC presenter should be trying to bring people together, trying to mediate.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Actor John Connors turned down an appearance on BBC television as he was “disgusted” at the presenter’s attitude to the Irish language. He was invite(...)

Mary Lou McDonald:  said she feared Northern Ireland was entering a period of “drift” and “entrenchment”. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Sinn Féin accepted it could not persuade the DUP to sign up to same-sex marriage in the North, and last week’s draft agreement between the two parties(...)

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister: went head-to-head with former Alliance minister Dr Stephen Farry on the Stephen Nolan Show. Photograph:  Pacemaker

A battle of hearts and minds will determine whether the DUP and Sinn Féin will yet sign off on a deal to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly, (...)

Belfast Agreement: SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said a proposal to end the powersharing requirement was more than the “tinkering” its advocates claimed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The leader of the SDLP, Colum Eastwood, has warned British MPs against undermining the Belfast Agreement, accusing Brexiteers of targeting it to furth(...)

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley. Photograph: Michael Cooper

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley has made a statement in the House of Commons on what happens next after last week’s DUP-Sinn Féin talks collapsed. Wh(...)

Sinn Féin’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The DUP and Sinn Féin had got at least as far as a text on a draft agreement to restore powersharing in the North, leaked papers from their talks ind(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney at an event in Cork on Monday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Some Brexiteers are risking fragile peace in Northern Ireland by questioning the future of the Belfast Agreement, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. Mr(...)

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