New Northern Secretary Julian Smith: he is described by those who know him as someone of intellect and capability. Photograph: Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s appointment of Julian Smith as the new Northern Secretary earned a speedy and predictably jaundiced response from Sinn Féin Assembly m(...)

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy: “Boris Johnson’s party abandoned the rigorous impartiality demanded by the Good Friday agreement in order to enter into a self-serving pact with the DUP.” Photograph: Getty Images

Newly appointed Northern Secretary Julian Smith will visit Belfast on Friday to hold his first meetings in his new post with Tánaiste Simon Coveney an(...)

If a language Act is imposed by Westminster, as seems increasingly possible, would that not solve everything? Photograph: Getty Images

In the end the social policy border will have lasted four years and two months. That will be the length of time between the legalisation of same-sex m(...)

  Karen Bradley, who  has been sacked as Northern secretary by new UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Conservative MP Karen Bradley has been sacked as Northern Ireland secretary by UK prime minister Boris Johnson, following a 19-month-long tenure in St(...)

 Karen Bradley arrives for a cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA.

Karen Bradley has been sacked as the Northern Secretary by British prime minister Boris Johnson. Ms Bradley, who was an ally of former prime ministe(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Ms Foster said   she looked forward to discussing with Mr Johnson the ‘shared objectives of strengthening the union, delivering Brexit and restoring devolution’. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Unionist politicians congratulated Boris Johnson on his election as leader of the Conservative party and incoming British prime minister, while nation(...)

Deputy leader of the DUP Nigel Dodds has said that winning the Conservative party leadership contest is a ‘totally emphatic victory’ for Boris Johnson. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The DUP has welcomed the victory of “committed Unionist” Boris Johnson in the race to become the next prime minister. However, other political partie(...)

Jeremy Hunt congratulates Boris Johnson after he was announced as the new Conservative party leader. Photograph: Reuters

There was initial mixed reaction in Northern Ireland to the election of Boris Johnson as the new British prime minister The DUP leader Arlene Foster(...)

SDLP  wants greater economic integration between North and South. Photograph: Getty

Calls for a border poll at this time are “premature”, the Brexit spokesperson for the SDLP has said. Speaking at the MacGill summer school in Glentie(...)

An 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

John Herron cannot remember seeing flags outside his shop on the Lisburn Road before to mark the Twelfth celebrations, the annual Ulster Protestant co(...)

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