The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May, who are reviewing what progress has been made in the talks aimed at restoring S(...)

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May to implement an Irish language act in Northern Ireland.

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Th(...)

Alliance party leader Naomi Long’s election is highly significant for the welcome signal it sends that there is a moderate political centre in Northern Ireland capable of making its presence felt.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The election of Alliance Party leader Naomi Long to the European Parliament means that two of the three MEPs elected by the people of Northern Ireland(...)

Alliance party leader and candidate Naomi Long (centre), at the European Parliamentary elections count at the Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The success of Alliance was the headline of the local elections in early May in Northern Ireland and it was the headline of the European Parliament el(...)

From left to right: Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson, Alliance leader Naomi Long and Diane Dodds from the DUP at the count centre in Derry on Monday. Photograph: Freya McClements

Alliance leader Naomi Long, the DUP’s Diane Dodds and Martina Anderson of Sinn Féin have been elected as Northern Ireland’s MEPs. The DUP candidate D(...)

Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner) to Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart): ‘. . . it appears that terrorism is an effective way to promote political change’.

Captain’s log, stardate 43010.7. In an episode of Star Trek broadcast in 1990, the Starship Enterprise visits the planet Rutia IV and the crew gets ca(...)

Seamus Mallon suggests a united Ireland could be achieved on a “parallel consent” principle with consent from parties representing both traditions. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Last weekend former deputy SDLP leader Seamus Mallon made an important intervention in the debate about whether and how a united Ireland could be achi(...)

 Seamus Mallon in 1984 holding up a picture taken of the bugging equipment found in the house in Dublin where he stayed occasionally. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

Reading Seamus Mallon’s new memoir, A Shared Home Place, has transported me back to my short but educational career as a hitchhiker during the mid-198(...)

Seamus Mallon in 1998, when he was deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One of Northern Ireland’s most prominent nationalist politicians, Seamus Mallon was at the heart of the Social Democratic and Labour Party for three d(...)

Seamus Mallon ‘My concern is that a very narrow vote for unity would led to more division, instability and probably violence’. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The politicians are talking again in Northern Ireland. We should be thankful for that. However they need to be talking about deeper issues than the Ir(...)

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