A laptop in Stormont shows a live feed of DUP leader Arlene Foster giving evidence to the RHI inquiry on the “cash for ash” scandal. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two years ago, following days of political fever, a tiny group of journalists was called hurriedly to Martin McGuinness’s office in Stormont. There th(...)

British Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay has said the British government would accept an amendment from a Tory MP aimed at limiting the duration of the backstop Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland politicians have reacted sceptically or guardedly to a proposed amendment that would purport to place a time limit on the backstop de(...)

Peadar Tóibín has said that while his new party will be ‘100% pro-life’, it is discussing free votes on a range of abortion issues. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Peadar Tóibín’s as-yet unnamed political party is suddenly filling a gap that should belong to the SDLP-Fianna Fáil merger. It is fair to say this de(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A merger between Fianna Fáil and the SDLP represent a gamble for both parties but it appears that the leadership on each side has come to the conclusi(...)

Fianna Fáil and SDLP leaders Micheál Martin and Colum Eastwood hope to start a project that will  “evolve” into a formal link-up of the two parties, according to sources.

Fianna Fáil and the SDLP remain on course to begin a process ultimately designed to lead to the integration of the two parties, according to well-plac(...)

Ian Paisley jnr: in 1994 he told Larry Robinson that the DUP would be happy to re-enter the talks process at Stormont “provided that the Hume-Adams talks were ended” and the Republic made a firm commitment to a referendum on articles 2 and 3.  Photograph: PA Wire

Revealing insights into the thinking of several Northern Ireland politicians was provided to the British government by a London-based American diploma(...)

Micheál Martin:  he has  tried to calm nerves without giving too much away

It’s been an 11-year courtship between Fianna Fáil and the SDLP, but despite renewed wooing there has been no engagement or wedding ring thus far. Yet(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left) and his SDLP counterpart Colum Eastwood have been keeping the detail on a party merger secret from most of their own party members. File photographs: The Irish Times/Reuters

Fianna Fáil and the SDLP are poised to announce a phased process leading to their integration, according to senior sources from the two parties. Ulti(...)

 Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness (right) at the funeral of Patrick Kelly. Photograph:  PA Wire

Martin McGuinness personally planned the firing of a volley of shots over the coffin of an IRA man within church grounds, in what became one of the mo(...)

 Ian Paisley and  James Molyneaux in Derry: Molyneaux, a diffident and taciturn figure, was ultimately not able or not willing to hold a direct meeting with Haughey. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Taoiseach Charles Haughey made repeated efforts to set up a meeting with the unionist leader James Molyneaux during 1988 without success. The two mai(...)

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