Leaders of the Pro-Remain parties in Northern Ireland, (left to right) Naomi Long from the Alliance Party, Colm Eastwood from the SDLP, Michelle O’Neill from Sinn Féin and Steven Agnew from the Green Party, hold a joint press conference urging the UK to keep aligned with EU customs arrangements post-Brexit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The joint statement by four of the parties at Stormont calling for Northern Ireland to remain in the EU single market and customs union is a positive (...)

Comments attributed to British prime minister Theresa May’s about a Border poll are an admission that a referendum on Irish unity should be called, Sinn Féin has said. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Pool/EPA..

Comments attributed to British prime minister Theresa May’s about a Border poll are an admission that it is time for a referendum on Irish unity, Sinn(...)

Seamus Mallon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Sinn Féin has been criticised for attempting to block former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon being made a freeman of Drogheda on (...)

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

For an election candidate, Órfhaith Begley is in an enviable position. The Sinn Féin contender in Thursday’s West Tyrone byelection, her party won the(...)

Sinn Féin’s electoral politics: under the Belfast Agreement the party could win every seat in the Dáil and still not circumvent the unionist veto. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Sinn Féin’s latest rise in the polls makes its participation in the next Irish government look like a mathematical inevitability. The emerging pattern(...)

Brexit secretary David Davis arrives in Downing Street in London, England. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The British government’s Brexit department has apologised after David Davis made a surprise visit to the Border. The Brexit secretary spent two hours(...)

A  statue of Sir Edward Carson, a leader of the Irish Unionists, at the Stormont Assembly building in Belfast. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Councils across Northern Ireland have warned the British government they are facing growing policy paralysis due to the lack of a devolved Assembly. (...)

Martin McGuinness shortly after he was appointed minister for education in 1999. His comment about having been “on the run” “was not the kind of comment to instil confidence in the future”. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

On a recent visit to New York, I fulfilled a long-held ambition to walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The construction of this bridge was not witho(...)

Tanáiste Simon Coveney has said he would like to see Fine Gael involvement in Northern Ireland politics in the future. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said he would like to see Fine Gael involvement in Northern Ireland politics in the future. He said the Irish Governm(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams pass within touching distance of each other outside Castle Buildings, Stormont during a break in the negotiations before the signing of the Belfast Agreement on April 10th, 1998. File photograph: PA

How rarely we get a chance to “feel the hand of history upon our shoulder” in the life of a country. In a confidential memo authored by John Holmes,(...)

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