British  prime minister Theresa May: “It is more likely...that history will show that the backstop brought about the collapse of the May government, the succession of Boris Johnson, and perhaps a no-deal Brexit...”

Brendan Simms is the quintessential European. Raised in Ireland, the son of a German mother, he is the grand-nephew of a Irish communist who became a (...)

Jeffrey Donaldson said he would be urging the incoming British prime minister to engage with Dublin to ‘try and resolve these difficulties in advance of the impending deadline in October’.

The Government should engage directly with London on its post-Brexit proposals to avoid a hard border as a co-guarantor of the Northern Irish peace pr(...)

It would appear the first European was also Irish.

I’ve long believed Bloomsday should be a national holiday. Or that the June Bank Holiday should be transferred to the 16th of this month. The weather (...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (left) and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill at ‘Beyond Brexit - The Future of Ireland’  event in Beflast on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has called for the Government to convene a forum to begin planning for Irish unity. Ms McDonald when speaking a(...)

Britain’s Brexit secretary  Dominic Raab gestures during his speech outlining the British government’s plans for a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The British government will seek to negotiate a special arrangement for North-South trade to ensure that the Border remains open even in the event of (...)

 Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill (l) and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (r). File photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The DUP has accused Sinn Féin of “disgraceful” behaviour following the collapse of the Stormont talks. DUP leader Arlene Foster was speaking at Parli(...)

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(...)

The political landscape shifted towards the end of the year. First, in favour of Fianna Fáil, when Leo Varadkar appeared ready to cause a general elec(...)

A bullet-riddled minibus in South Armagh after 10 Protestant workmen were shot dead by the IRA in January 1976. File photograph: PA Wire

Families of those killed in the Kingsmill ambush are being played a “record of false assurances” by authorities in the Republic, their barrister has c(...)

Barry Cowen said the Government’s mantra was: “Oh, it’s all your fault and what we’ve inherited and what we did and what we did not do.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

For Fianna Fáil, the memory of the property crash could still be a problem when it comes to credibility on dealing with the housing crisis. That much(...)

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