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 Huawei’s main UK offices in Reading. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson has faced criticism from senior Conservatives at Westminster and Republicans in Washington for his decision to allow Huawei to take part(...)

Born in the predominantly Protestant village of Markethill in Co Armagh, where he lived his entire life, Seamus Mallon had first-hand knowledge of the injustices suffered by the nationalist community but he also had a sympathetic understanding of the unionist mentality. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Seamus Mallon was one of the towering political figures in Ireland over the past half century. A man of extraordinary courage who braved repeated loya(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton stands next to Seamus Mallon along with former Northern Ireland first minister David Trimble and one time British prime minister Tony Blair in September 1998. Photograph: Paul/Faith/Pacemaker Press

I first met Seamus Mallon in the late ’70s in London, where he had come to lobby the Labour Party, at that time dependent for its House of Commons maj(...)

Former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon after he was forced out of office following David Trimble’s resignation, in Stormont, Belfast July 2nd, 2001. Northern Ireland disarmament authorities say the IRA have failed to disarm, which led to First Minister Trimble’s resignation. Photograph: Reuters/Paul McErlane

Extract from from Mallon’s maiden speech in the House of Commons in February 1986, just months after the Anglo-Irish Agreement: “We need something ne(...)

 John Lennon: preferred “get” to “git”. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Long-time reader Damien Maguire has emailed with a raised eyebrow about my suggestion that the Hiberno-English “get” – as used by a political opponent(...)

Seamus Mallon: His political opponents came to appreciate him as an honest, stubborn, conscientious Ulsterman, who dealt in straight talking. Photograph:   Paula Beats/ Reuters

On the bitterly cold evening of February 20th, 1986, Seamus Mallon made his maiden speech in the House of Commons as newly-elected MP for Newry and Ar(...)

DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson  said the UK government must now live up to UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s statement. File photograph:  James Forde for The Irish Times

The head of the body which represents the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland has said he “remains to be convinced” that British prime minister B(...)

Big Ben: campaigners want its bell to chime for the first time since restoration work began in 2017 to mark Britain’s departure from the EU on January 31st. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

An online fundraising campaign seeking to have Big Ben ring to welcome in Brexit at 11pm on January 31st has raised more than £150,000 (€175,000). St(...)

 Former speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow opened his address in Dublin with “ciúnas, ciúnas!”; the nearest Irish equivalent to “order, order!” File photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

The former speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said he would prefer to speak about values for the future rather than talk about Brexit during (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks   in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/Handout via Reuters

Boris Johnson has described Qassem Suleimani, the Iranian general killed by the United States, as a terrorist with the blood of British soldiers on hi(...)

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