Norman Houston joined the civil service at the height of the Troubles. Photograph: Northern Ireland Bureau

Tributes have been paid to Norman Houston, one of Northern Ireland’s most senior civil servants who played a key role in representing Northern Ireland(...)

The  EU’s request for an  office in Northern Ireland is a technical issue unnecessarily politicised by Britain. Photograph: John Thys

There’s one word no one wants to hear in Brussels: Brexit. Profound weariness has set in in the European Union capital towards Britain’s project, even(...)

 Mick Mulvaney: appointed by US president Donald Trump. File Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The new US special envoy to Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney has said he expects to take up his new position by May 1st. The former White House chief (...)

US president Donald Trump meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has said he will visit Ireland this year. Speaking alongside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ahead of a bilateral meeting between th(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams meets then US president Bill Clinton in the in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on St Patrick’s Day, 2000. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

Transcripts released by the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas to The Irish Times present a fascinating insight into the role played by Bill Cli(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers is meeting senior US government officials in Washington. Photograph: PA

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers said she received a “very sympathetic hearing” from Obama administration aides on her views about the Northern Ire(...)