Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “I think there was a degree of triumphalism that did get the back up in unionist quarters and elsewhere which I think has given rise to all of the difficulties.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Micheál Martin has criticised the Government’s early handling of Brexit negotiations, saying he would have resisted the temptation to “lord it over th(...)

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty: “The DUP should not have a veto on Brexit.”

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has warned the Minister for Finance “not to use Brexit as an excuse” in the forthcoming Budget. Minister(...)

DUP’s Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds exit 10 Downing Street following meeting with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

There were some indications in Northern Ireland on Wednesday that the North was heading into “I can’t believe it’s not the backstop” territory. There(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader  Nigel Dodds. Foster said any solution for the Border, notably the backstop which she opposes, must command the support of both communities in the North. Photograph: by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Central to the discussions on Brexit and the backstop these days is Boris Johnson’s repeated insistence that the latter is inherently “anti-democratic(...)

Arlene Foster, DUP leader and Nigel Dodds (DUP) leave Downing Street following talks with Boris Johnson on Tuesday. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has rejected proposals for a Northern Ireland-only backstop amid speculation at Westminster that Boris Johnson is (...)

DUP MP Sammy Wilson: ‘We don’t feel we are alone on this. There will always be a residual, albeit not very many, but 30 or 40 within the Conservative Party, who would say: ‘We draw a line on that’.’ Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty

Boris Johnson would face “sizable” internal Tory opposition to a Northern Ireland-only backstop even if his party did not require unionist support aft(...)

Jim Wells (right) shakes the hand of an unidentified man at Stormont following Wells’s resignation as Northern Ireland Executive Health Minister on April 27th, 2015 in Belfast. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Jim Wells won’t be watching Strictly Come Dancing again. The show is “wonderful”, says the South Down Member of the Legislative Assembly, but when the(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has played down suggestions that whoever wins the Tory leadership contest and becomes British (...)

Jim Allister: he said changes to the North’s abortion and same-sex marriage law “should never have been accepted”. Photograph: Getty Images

House of Commons MPs have voted by 328 to 65 to make abortion legal in the North if the Northern Ireland assembly and executive are not back in place (...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin with anti-abortion activists at the Rally for Life in Dublin on July 6th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Westminster has acted “in an unprecedented way” in its bid to introduce abortion in Northern Ireland, which will have “a devastating impact” on the ri(...)

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