Simon Coveney said he had to respect the fact that Sinn Féin got a mandate standing on an abstentionist ticket.

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney hopes that the DUP will be able to make the case for a soft Brexit given the party’s decision to do a deal and keep(...)

Young voters and journalism students at the North West Regional College in Derry, back row: Caolán McGinley, Shauna Crossan; front row: Maria Cassidy, Jason White.

Rebecca Doherty has just turned 18 – and among the birthday greetings she received was a letter from the SDLP. “We are writing to wish you a happy 18(...)

Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill and Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swann debating on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The row over loyalist paramilitary support for unionist candidates prompted a number of clashes when senior politicians from the five main parties eng(...)

 Parliament Buildings at  Stormont, Belfast. Photograph: Getty Images

The new deadline for forming a powersharing government in Northern Ireland is June 29th. British secretary of State James Brokenshire has introduced (...)

'United Ireland? It’s all guff': Colm Lynagh, Anthony McIntyre, Gerry McGeough and Tommy McKearney Colm Lynagh, Anthony McIntyre, Gerry McGeough and Tommy McKearney

Brexit will not lead to a return to bloodshed in Northern Ireland, says one Provisional IRA veteran. Talk of a united Ireland is all guff, according t(...)

In recent times, mainstream southern politics dared not to speak of Irish unity for fear that to do so would unsettle unionism at delicate moments in the peace process. Illustration: Getty

We need to talk about Irish unity. We have been avoiding the conversation in the Republic for too long. The ground has shifted quite dramatically on t(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster (right) and a Sinn Féin supporter dressed as a crocodile. Ms Foster has said she regrets using the term crocodiles to describe Sinn Féin. Photographs: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty and Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has said she regrets using the term crocodiles to describe Sinn Féin during the Northern Ireland (...)

Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party  Arlene Foster  outside Stormont Parliament buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland March 6th, 2017. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

In the early hours of Saturday morning last, we witnessed “The Fall of the Berlin Wall of Stormont”, which ended majority unionism for the first time (...)

Any Unionist leader will now have to be prepared to answer the question, “If Nationalists win more seats in the next Assembly, are you prepared to accept the position of Deputy First Minister to a Sinn Féin First Minister?” It is no longer a hypothetical possibility. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The first election to a devolved legislature in Northern Ireland took place on 24 May 1921. A record-breaking turnout delivered 40 Unionist seats in t(...)

Danny Kennedy: “When you are beaten you have to recognise it – it can’t be anyone else’s fault”

A Sinn Féin “tide” in Newry and Armagh has delivered a shock result for former Ulster Unionist minister Danny Kennedy, who has lost his seat as an MLA(...)

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