In December 2017, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar assured Northern unionists: “The Irish Government has no hidden agenda.” Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

During the difficult, bloody days of 1972, Fine Gael’s Garret FitzGerald wrote to a contact of his in Northern Ireland: “I have had further occasion t(...)

The SDLP’s Daniel McCrossan (left), local man Eamon Holland (centre), and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood during election  canvassing in Strabane in 2018

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has appointed West Tyrone Assembly member Daniel McCrossan as the party’s spokesperson on Brexit. Mr Eastwood made the an(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood at the launch of the new partnership in Belfast. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The SDLP at a special closed conference in Newry on Saturday voted by 121 votes to 53 to endorse the recently announced partnership with Fianna Fáil. (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster (centre) with Diane Dodds MEP and Nigel Dodds MP after meeting  Leo Varadkar at the Irish Government residence in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended European Council president Donald Tusk over his comments about there being “a special place in hell” for those who(...)

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar and European Council president Donald Tusk during a statement following their meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Francisco Seco

Theresa May travels to Brussels on Thursday to ask for legally binding changes to the withdrawal agreement she agreed last year to ensure that Britain(...)

Prime Minister Theresa May (right) leaves Stormont after talks on Brexit with party leaders on the second day of her visit to Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

British prime minister Theresa May heard two emphatic and opposing positions when she met the North’s five main parties on Wednesday – that the backst(...)

Theresa May  indicated she wasn’t so much rejecting the backstop, or performing a U-turn, but rather she needed a modified backstop. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Theresa May, as is her wont, was short on specifics about what she wants from Dublin and Brussels to resolve the Brexit logjam but it did seem implici(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May isexpected to urge renewed efforts to restore Stormont. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The British prime minister Theresa May is to spend two days in the North over Tuesday and Wednesday trying to provide assurance that the Brexit deal s(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “There are definitely options for preserving the integrity of the single market even when Northern Ireland isn’t part of it because it is part of Britain while at the same time meeting the desire to have, if possible, no border controls”. Photograph:  Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool Photo via AP

German chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested a “creative” approach to Brexit talks could see outstanding backstop questions resolved in an agreement (...)

British prime minister Theresa May is expected to explain why she is now seeking an alternative to the backstop that she had previously agreed with the European Union. Photograph: Reuters

British prime minister Theresa May is to visit Belfast on Tuesday to deliver a Brexit speech and meet businesspeople. Mrs May is due to reiterate th(...)

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