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Protestors wave Union Flags in front of Belfast’s City Hall last December. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton

First Minister Peter Robinson has described the decision to limit the flying of the British union flag at Belfast City Hall as disastrou(...)

 Seán Haughey watches party leader Micheál Martin addressing the faithful: Photograph: Alan Betson

Hello. It’s us again. In your living room. No, honestly, we’re grand sitting here quietly in the corner, saying nothing. Do(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton giving a speech last weekend  in which she said we have “reached the limits of austerity now”. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The outbreak of political posturing by elements in both Coalition parties over the past week is a worrying signal that after two years in offic(...)

Then  Northern Ireland secretary of state Humphrey Atkins (centre), with minister for justice Gerry Collins (left) and  minister for foreign affairs Michael O’Kennedy. Photograph: Pat Langan

Official secret memos contained in the Thatcher Foundation papers on the 1981 hunger strikes point to a convicti(...)

Fianna Fáil’s capacity to recover will depend on its leader Micheál Martin’s success in tackling inherent organisational defects. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the early hours of yesterday morning the political scientist Prof Ken Carty of the University of British Columbia tweeted a link to this new(...)

 Northern secretary  Humphrey Atkins sent a secret official minute to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981 saying elements of the provisional leadership were prepared to “consider an end of the current terrorist campaign”.

The British government as far back as 1981 believed there were elements in the leadership of the provisional republican movement who were prepared (...)

Fianna Fáil resurgent

There will be sighs of relief and wonderment at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis this weekend as delegates consider the party’s impressive recovery, fo(...)

Mr David Ford, party leader adressing the  Alliance Party of Northern Ireland annual conference in Carrickfergus over the weekend. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

The Alliance leader David Ford has temporarily stood down as an elder at his local Presbyterian church in Co Antrim ahead of a(...)

Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour all make zero returns – indicating that the parties’ fundraising is geared towards raising money through encouraging multiple donations worth €126 or less.  Photograph:  Frank Miller

The Standards in Public Office Commission said yesterday that files had been sent to the gardaí in relation to the People Before (...)

The head of the HSE has expressed concern over the fate of over €250 million in projected pay savings in the health service following the rejection of the Croke Park II agreement. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The head of the HSE has expressed concern about the fate of over €250 million in projected pay savings in the health service following the reje(...)

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