Edwin Poots is a strong opponent of the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Edwin Poots was, quite literally, raised in the DUP. After his election as leader on Friday, he reminded reporters that his father had been one of th(...)

Senator Eileen Flynn, the first Traveller to be nominated to the Seanad. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There will be calls to bring about greater representation of women, people from ethnic minorities and the LGBT+ community in politics north and south (...)

Polling in a recent BBC Spotlight documentary marking the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland was referenced in the debate. Photograph: iStock

Consecutive surveys on the future of Northern Ireland have flagged approximately two-thirds support for union with Britain, a debate on the state of u(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen speaks during the debate on EU-UK trade and co-operation agreement during the second day of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The European Union’s trade deal with the United Kingdom has “real teeth” and Brussels will not hesitate to use its enforcement measures if needed to h(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster described as ‘misplaced’ and “’quite mischievous’ claims of an unspoken campaign to scupper North/South Ministerial Council meetings by not putting forward unionist Ministers. File photograph: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster has denied unionists are boycotting meetings with the Irish Government as part of a plan to overthrow the Northe(...)

 Northern secretary Brandon Lewis: Belfast High Court granted the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission leave to take action against him and the North’s Department of Health for failing to fully implement the new legislation. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Northern secretary Brandon Lewis’s plan to introduce regulations to implement abortion services in Northern Ireland next week is likely to trigger a r(...)

donie showcase

The Irish CNN reporter, who shot to fame during the US Capitol riots, on how important it is to get help for mental health issues, and urges o(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

Criticisms of the European Commission as undemocratic are often crude, ignoring the balance of powers with EU national leaders and the European Parlia(...)

A view of the port of Larne on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Faith/Bloomberg

Some of the officials withdrawn from post-Brexit inspections at Larne port amid safety concerns are returning to work. Mid and East Antrim Borough Co(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson must turn down the volume on article 16.  Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK parliament handout

In a joint statement after their video conference on Wednesday evening, British cabinet office minister Michael Gove and European Commission vice-pres(...)

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