Leader of Northern Ireland’s Progressive Unionist Party, Billy Hutchinson. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Billy Hutchinson, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), says politics isn’t about changing the world but about making a difference. This is (...)

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley. Photograph: Michael Cooper

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley has made a statement in the House of Commons on what happens next after last week’s DUP-Sinn Féin talks collapsed. Wh(...)

Sinn Féin’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The DUP and Sinn Féin had got at least as far as a text on a draft agreement to restore powersharing in the North, leaked papers from their talks ind(...)

The changes are proposed as part of a wider plan to reduce the number of MPs in the House of Commons from 650 to 600. Photograph: Getty Images

Northern Ireland would see its number of parliamentary constituencies slimmed down from 18 to 17 under new proposals from the Boundary Commission in N(...)

The second man arrested over the murder of Denis Donaldson has been released by gardaí. Pictured are Martin McGuinness, Denis Donaldson and Gerry Adams at Stormont in 2005. Photograph: PA

A second man arrested as part of a Garda investigation into the murder of former Sinn Féin member and British agent Denis Donaldson has been released (...)

In January, UK prime minister Theresa May confirms Britain will leave the single market after Brexit.  Controls on the Border appear likely to return. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

JANUARY Martin McGuinness resigns as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland following a “cash-for-ash” scandal involving first minister Arlene Fo(...)

Glen Barr “did what he did because he believed it was the right thing to do,” his funeral heard

Former Ulster Defence Association (UDA) leader Glen Barr’s “desire to help the working class” had “motivated him into the political realm”, his funera(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin are doing themselves and their supporters a major disservice by refusing to take their seats in Westminster at a time when the nationalist p(...)

“There would be a Pandora’s box of symbolic issues, from flags to language,  that could require negotiation.”
How a united Ireland would work

With the spectre of a new hard Border haunting the island, the recently dormant question of Irish unity has received renewed attention. Unification wa(...)

Bunny from Belfast performing at the Dublin Pride parade. Leo Varadkar will attend a Pride breakfast in Belfast, but not the parade itself. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar deliberated carefully before deciding to attend the Pride event in Belfast on Saturday. It was established last weekend that he(...)

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