Micheál Martin said controversial remarks by Bertie Ahern were made at an academic conference, where ‘things get said’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has moved to play down comments by his predecessor Bertie Ahern that some loyalists don’t understand the Northern Ireland pro(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: he said loyalists see the  protocol as a ‘trick by the South’ to create a united Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Loyalists in east Belfast and “ghettos” in Northern Ireland “don’t have a clue” about the post-Brexit protocol, and see it as a “trick by the South” t(...)

NO FEE PICPIC JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHYGovernment Task Force on Emergency PlanningLaunch of Be Winter Ready Information Campaign 2021-2022 Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister of Defence and Chair of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning launches the Be Winter Ready Information Campaign 2021-2022. Minister Coveney was accompanied by Hildegard Naughton T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Transport with special responsibility for International and Road Transport and Logistic and Martin Heydon T.D, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety and New Market Development.Evelyn Cusack, Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann was also at the campaign launch.Photo: Julien Behal Photography 17/11/2021 UK unwillingness to compromise in the row with the EU  ‘deeply disappointing’, Simon Coveney has said. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

The UK’s unwillingness to compromise in the row with the EU over the Northern Ireland Brexit deal has been “deeply disappointing”, Minister for Foreig(...)

‘Every time I check the houses prices in south Co Dublin I realise that owning a home is not realistic in this country.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Caitlin, Dublin I’m 39, I’ve been renting since I left home at 18. I will never own my own home unless I meet someone who can go halves on a mortgage(...)

Martin Ferris delivers the oration at the Diarmuid O’ Neill commemoration at Timoleague cemetery, Co Cork, on Sunday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Irish republicans who gave their lives for Irish freedom were not criminals and attempts to demonise them as such would be rebutted, former Sinn Féin (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The political debate in Northern Ireland has become “quite aggressive” in recent weeks, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said. “The ide(...)

Sinn Féin’s relationship with the IRA raises serious questions North and South, one of which is whether Provisional IRA membership should still be an offence. Legalisation might help sort out the political from the criminal, which will take on a new urgency if Sinn Féin is included in a sovereign government. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress

Sinn Féin’s rise in the polls south of the Border has nothing to do with Northern Ireland, or a united Ireland, let alone with developments at Stormon(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (centre left) sits alongside deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (centre right), North Belfast candidate John Finucane  and Fermanagh and South Tyrone candidate Michelle Gildernew at   Sinn Féin’s Westminster election launch on Monday in Belfast. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

John Finucane, Sinn Féin’s candidate in the tightly contested constituency of North Belfast, has stated he is aiming to join seven “proudly abstention(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster speaks to reporters after a meeting of   the Stormont Assembly on Monday ahead of changes to laws on abortion  and gay marriage  in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Cabinet Ministers have been warned to be mindful of DUP sensitivities in light of the party’s opposition to the revised Brexit deal, as well as change(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: “There will be some light-touch measures to ensure there is no illegal trade in endangered animal species and banned firearms.” Photograph:  PA

Boris Johnson came under fierce criticism from Northern Ireland unionists on Tuesday as MPs debated the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB), which puts hi(...)

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