Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill in Westminster, London on Thursday where the  UK Supreme Court ruled on  Northern Ireland’s abortion law. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The law governing abortion in Northern Ireland dates back to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 and the Criminal Justice Act (NI) 1945. They mak(...)

Comments attributed to British prime minister Theresa May’s about a Border poll are an admission that a referendum on Irish unity should be called, Sinn Féin has said. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Pool/EPA..

Comments attributed to British prime minister Theresa May’s about a Border poll are an admission that it is time for a referendum on Irish unity, Sinn(...)

 Jim Allister: he has been trying to raise the alarm about some “small print” in  the EU-UK draft Withdrawal Agreement

Jim Allister, leader and sole assembly member of the Traditional Unionist Voice, has been trying to raise the alarm about some little-noticed “small p(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster.  Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Unionist and nationalist politicians in Northern Ireland offered polarised responses to the European Union’s draft proposal for a post-Brexit “common (...)

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister: went head-to-head with former Alliance minister Dr Stephen Farry on the Stephen Nolan Show. Photograph:  Pacemaker

A battle of hearts and minds will determine whether the DUP and Sinn Féin will yet sign off on a deal to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly, (...)

Sinn Féin’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill  at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast on Wednesday. She insisted her party “had an accommodation on all the issues” with the DUP. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

All this week, restoring the Northern Executive and Assembly hung on whether Arlene Foster could show leadership and nerve and sell the language eleme(...)

Blaming Sinn Féin’s “red lines” and inflexibility for the collapse of talks, DUP leader Arlene Foster repeated that a compromise had never been reached in discussions involving the Irish language, in spite of informed views to the contrary. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

By announcing that an Executive cannot be formed at this time and calling for the imposition of direct rule from Westminster, DUP leader Arlene Foster(...)

Simon Coveney: he said he had spoken with Northern Secretary Karen Bradley, and would remain in close contact

The Government was taken completely by surprise by the abrupt decision of the DUP to withdraw from negotiations to restore the Northern institutions, (...)

Jim Allister said that, when asked a question in Irish, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill “looked like rabbits in the headlights”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin, advocacy manager for Conradh na Gaeilge in Belfast was asked how many people in Northern Ireland speak Irish. According to t(...)

The British and Irish governments are unsure whether this DUP anxiety over the Irish language could jeopardise the prospective agreement. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Sinn Féin has urged the DUP to ignore those unionists who want to scupper a deal to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly after Arlene Foster sa(...)

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