Boris Johnson: whether Britain’s death toll is the second, third or fourth-highest in the world, the government’s performance during the crisis has compared unfavourably with that of most of its European neighbours.  Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

When Boris Johnson addressed the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers by Zoom on Friday, the MPs unmuted their microphones so they could bang t(...)

The Girli Concrete artwork in the entrance hall to the Playhouse theatre in Derry, which was created by  Ruth Morrow and Trish Belford. Photograph:  Martin McKeown

Imagine concrete wall with a velvet finish or a floor made of concrete but with the feel and texture of moss. “Concrete is usually perceived as being (...)

The House of Lords EU committee heard that implementing Brexit’s  Irish “protocol”  was hampered by a “real lack of a very detailed guide as to what all this means”. Photograph: Getty Images

Leaving Northern Ireland with “one foot” in both the EU and UK markets under the Brexit deal will be “incredibly complicated”, the House of Lords EU c(...)

Emily Aoibheann with the ‘giant peral’ created by Liing Heaney for her show Mother of Pearl. Photograph: Emilia Pason

A conversation with Emily Aoibheann about her latest work, Mother of Pearl, is a bit like her artistic life to date: rambling, intriguing, but never d(...)

Newcastle University PHD student Max Kelly (24)  views washing machine filters, one with microfibres collected following a delicate wash (left) compared with a filter from a normal wash cycle showing less collected microfibres. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Wrongly using a delicate cycle for everyday laundry is causing hundreds of thousands of extra microfibres to be released into our water systems and en(...)

Young socialists demonstrate at a meeting held by Conservative MP for Smethwick Peter Griffiths in Birmingham in 1965. Photograph: Jobson/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

I wanted to write about where I now lived, England, but I had no pre-existing knowledge of the place, no map to guide me. Eventually I found the ans(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Britain’s minister for the cabinet office David Lidington, and  secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley during a press conference in London at the signing of the Common Travel Area deal. Photograph: Reuters/Henry Nicholls

The British and Irish governments have signed an agreement that formally outlines the provisions of the Common Travel Area (CTA) for the first time an(...)

Dilston Physic Garden in Northumberland is “full of the plants that doctors used as medicine prior to the use of chemical drugs”.

Twenty years ago, neuroscientist Elaine Perry began to plant a rather unusual garden. It was a “physic garden”, which, she explains, is a garden that(...)

When it comes to exercise, we think about how to “get” fit. But often, starting out is not the problem. “The big problem is maintaining it,” says Falk(...)

A black taxi tour in West Belfast: “You have to [include jokes]. You’d crack if you didn’t.” Photograph: Stephen Wilson/Pacemaker

This has been a good year for Northern Irish comedy. From the unexpected return of original conflict caper Give My Head Peace, through to the riotous (...)

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