British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at  the funeral of journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The death of Lyra McKee “cannot be in vain”, Northern Secretary Karen Bradley said in Belfast on Friday, when she and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sim(...)

Bashed car with a banner reading “For sale – but no one’s buying May’s Brexit banger” is driven around Parliament Square in London. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

The British government’s White Paper on Brexit adds detail to the proposal agreed at Chequers last week but it does nothing to change the likely respo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with  other leaders  at the British-Irish Council  meeting in Guernsey on June 22nd. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The mystery of why London will not convene the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference has a twin. Why is London snubbing the British-Irish Council(...)

 Jim Allister: he has been trying to raise the alarm about some “small print” in  the EU-UK draft Withdrawal Agreement

Jim Allister, leader and sole assembly member of the Traditional Unionist Voice, has been trying to raise the alarm about some little-noticed “small p(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney. “Dublin’s summit plan is a unilateral demand, in breach of protocol and precedent.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Government cannot lack a basic understanding of the Belfast Agreement. So what explains the comments on Sunday from Tánaiste and Minister for Fore(...)

Brexit negotiators Michel Barnier (EU) and David Davis (Britain): serious differences remain. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

The UK has been told it has two weeks to come up with a new and substantial offer on its Brexit “divorce” bill if it wants to to proceed in December t(...)

Demonstrators head towards Parliament Square during the anti-Brexit People’s March for Europe, in central London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/Reuters

These days North-South co-operation runs deep and wide. But can it survive Brexit intact? Or will it, as an Irish official warns, be allowed to “withe(...)

‘Many view the aspiration to Irish unity as legitimate, but it can also be seen as political harassment.’

Almost every week another article appears on Irish unity as writers sense that Brexit has made unity more attainable. Many view the aspiration to Iris(...)

A former Border post between the Republic and Northern Ireland, in Carrickarnon. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/The New York Times

If the UK leaves the EU a “hard” Border is inevitable. The key question is where? The Democratic Unionist Party objects to it being “in the Irish Sea”(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Queen’s University Belfast, with President and Vice-Chancellor James McElnay. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has begun outlining a number of what he called “practical” solutions if the United Kingdom insists on leaving the customs union(...)

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