The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee  has described the proposals as ‘unilateral and unhelpful’. Above, Boris Johnson. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/PA Wire

MPs at Westminster have strongly criticised new proposals by the UK government to address the legacy of the Troubles, which they described as “unilate(...)

A street in Belfast: In its current form, the Northern Ireland economy would be exceptionally challenging to merge into any united Ireland. Photograph: Mark Marlow

For much of the first 50 years of independence, our Dáil parties and wider society cared more about the idea of a united Ireland than about the realit(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: urged businesses to prepare for Brexit, saying they should see the €3.4 billion of “scarce taxpayers’ money” the Government has earmarked for economic recovery post-Brexit as a sign that it sees the possibility of a “no trade deal Brexit” as a “very real risk”.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Striking a trade deal between the EU and the UK before the end of the transition period in 70 days is “doable but difficult”, Minister for Foreign Aff(...)

Simon Murphy, owner of the Westside Gym in Blanchardstown, who had vowed to stay open but changed his mind after gardaí spoke to him. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

A gym owner in west Dublin who had planned to remain open on Thursday despite the Level 5 restrictions, has decided not to, following two visits from (...)

The official answer to Covid-19 is the same as it has always been: lockdown and release until a vaccine is available. Photograph: Yasin Akgul/Getty Images

Like global warming, the zero-Covid proposal for the island of Ireland is something few of us are qualified to judge. The best we can do is compare th(...)

Ulster Bank parent NatWest is actively considering winding down the business as part of a strategic review.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/

Ulster Bank’s top directors told the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe on Wednesday that its UK parent had taken no decision yet on the lender’s fu(...)

Ulster Bank has about 2,800 employees in Ireland

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will meet Ulster Bank chief executive Jane Howard and her new chairman Ruairí O’Flynn on Wednesday morning to dis(...)

Open Orphan executive chairman Cathal Friel

A subsidiary of Irish-based Open Orphan has signed a contract with the UK government to develop a “human challenge” study model for Covid-19 in a bid (...)

Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop John McDowell is one of four church leaders who have signed the letter, which is published in Monday’s Financial Times

The UK Internal Market Bill will have “enormous moral, as well as political and legal, consequences” if passed into law, the four Anglican primates of(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson. Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon condemned what she described as Mr Johnson’s reckless approach to the negotiations. Photograph: PA Wire

British and EU negotiators have agreed to talk next week despite Boris Johnson’s warning that Britain must prepare to leave the post-Brexit transition(...)

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