Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney: “Some have sold the British government’s position during the week as a fait accompli. There is no fait accompli.” Photograph:  John Thys/AFP

The leaders of the North’s five main parties held “robust” discussions with the UK government’s northern secretary on Friday over plans to end all Tro(...)

Iain Duncan Smith was among the individuals sanctioned by China. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA/File

China has imposed sanctions against UK politicians, lawyers and academics over criticism of its mass internment campaign in Xinjiang, the latest salvo(...)

For trans-exclusionary feminists, there’s a lot riding on being able to show that Ireland is not fine at all. Photograph: iStock

A recently formed feminist group called the Irish Women’s Lobby (IWL) had their inaugural conference on March 8th, International Women’s Day. Before t(...)

Pontins, the British purveyor of chalet holidays since 1946, has been operating a blacklist of ‘undesirable guests’

Pontins, the British purveyor of chalet holidays since 1946, has been operating a blacklist of “undesirable guests”. O’Connell made the list of 40 sus(...)

Northern Ireland’s  vaccine rollout has been a triumph, but the end of the pandemic does not herald getting plans back on track; it just reveals a steadily worsening underlying problem. Photograph: Istvan Filep/EPA

Behind the triumph of its vaccine rollout, Northern Ireland’s health system is buckling. A fifth of the population is waiting for a first hospital app(...)

A whistleblower at Pontins  has revealed it was using an “undesirable guests” list to exclude Irish people and Travellers.  Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

“Undesirable guests” was the headline on a memo listing Irish surnames and published on the intranet of the British holiday parks company, Pontins. Th(...)

Melbourne: Those in quarantine are usually tested on the second and 11th day. To be released from it after 14 days, returned travellers need to have two negative test results and to be symptom-free. Photograph: Luis Ascui

Louise Curtis, a psychiatry registrar from Mallow, Co Cork, today works in a Melbourne hotel offering help to people held under Australia’s tough 14-d(...)

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Hollie Adams/PA Wire

British Labour leader Keir Starmer has said the readmission of his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn to the party just weeks after he was suspended marked “an(...)

Jeremy Corbyn rejected some of the report’s findings and claimed the issue had been ‘dramatically overstated for political reasons’ by his critics. File photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP

Keir Starmer, the Labour leader , has suspended his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn after a damning official report into anti-Semitism in the UK’s main oppo(...)

Supreme Court Judge Séamus Woulfe.  Photograph: Alan Betson

A report into the attendance of Supreme Court Judge Séamus Woulfe at the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner is expected to be provided to the Chief Justic(...)

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