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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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