‘He was the Irish conflict’s equivalent to Martin Luther King,’ says Bill Clinton

There is only one moment in Maurice Fitzpatrick’s involving documentary on John Hume’s tireless efforts for peace in Northern Ireland when the Social (...)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald:  these past few days she has been less than sure-footed on a key and highly sensitive issue. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

When “you’re explaining you’re losing” is a Ronald Reagan phrase Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald will be familiar with, and in recent days she h(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she said that if there was to be a hard Brexit next year the British government would have to hold a Border poll.  Photograph: PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Labour and the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, have questioned the abrupt U-turn on a Border poll made by the S(...)

Some Syrian refugees living in west Belfast say they are housed in poor conditions. Ahmed, pictured with his daughter Jana, complained  his house was damp and suffered from mould. He said there also was rat infestation and frequent gas leaks.

Syrian refugee families living in west Belfast have been subjected to racist attacks and are living in poor housing conditions, according to a report (...)

Former first minister Peter Robinson addressing the MacGill Summer School. Photopgraph: North West Nespix

Peter Robinson’s comments about a united Ireland at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on Friday annoyed and upset different strands of unionism, a(...)

 Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley jnr: With 28,521 votes, he polled highest in last year’s Westminster election and his nearest challenger, Sinn Féin’s Cara McShane, was on 7,878 votes. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

Watching Ian Paisley in the House of Commons apologising for taking free holidays worth up £100,000 in Sri Lanka, choking back tears as he did, Quenti(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: An SDLP-Fianna Fáil merger has become like fusion power – a tiresomely familiar promise to solve all the world’s ills that never seems to get any closer. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil and the SDLP have left it too late for their merger. It is not as if they were short of time. Leading SDLP figures were discussing the id(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney will travel to London for the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has denied that Dublin is “meddling” in UK politics by taking part in talks at Westminster on the restorati(...)

DUP MP Ian Paisley: he has made it clear that if the petition succeeds he will stand again. Photograph:  PA Wire

Ian Paisley could make some unwanted history for himself and his party by becoming the first MP to be unseated under relatively new British legislatio(...)

The information was unintentionally given to loyalists who are being investigated by the PSNI’s paramilitary crime task force. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The PSNI is investigating a report that a police data breach has resulted in information on hundreds of private citizens ending up in the hands of loy(...)

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