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John Kyle, Progressive Unionist Party councillor at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Brexit has put the future of the United Kingdom in jeopardy and left unionists fearing a Border poll would be a “slippery slope” to a united Ireland, (...)

Bonfire builders complete their structure near the peace wall in west Belfast on July 9th. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

The banner at Ulster’s Freedom Corner in east Belfast proclaims “Tomorrow belongs to us” under the red hand of Ulster, the symbol of loyalism to the B(...)

A 12th of July parade through Tandragee. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

What is “The Twelfth”? It is the annual Ulster Protestant celebration - held every year on July 12th - in religiously divided Northern Ireland that c(...)

David Hall, director and co-founder of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation.  Photograph: Collins Courts

David Hall, the mortgage debtor advocate, expects 20,000 homes to be repossessed by banks or so-called vulture funds over the next six years. “I thi(...)

 Orange Order grand secretary Mervyn Gibson, at the Museum of Orange Heritage,  Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney

A stack of leaflets in the reception of the Museum of Orange Heritage in south Belfast shows a cartoon of golf club wielding Orangemen marching on to (...)

Supporters of the 11th Night bonfire gather at Avoniel Leisure Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Loyalist community leaders have appealed for calm after a council decision to remove a bonfire in a Belfast leisure centre car park. Avoniel closed i(...)

SDLP leader  Colum Eastwood: a “new union of Ireland” could offer Protestants an equal voice in an  inclusive, diverse and prosperous society where they could “be proud to be from the north of Ireland”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The SDLP is open to the idea of a “new union of Ireland” rather than a “united Ireland”, the party leader has said, following the call by leading acto(...)

Regulators want Ulster Bank to cut the number of bad loans on its books. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Few things excite Irish people like mortgages. It’s hardly surprising; it is the biggest investment most of them will make and, more importantly, keep(...)

James Nesbitt at Portrush: “I think we’re standing at a profound moment here in the history of the islands,” he says. Photograph: Trevor McBride

At Ulster University, it is graduation time. On the steps which lead up to the main entrance of the university’s Coleraine campus, new graduates pose (...)

Former solicitor Michael Lynn arriving to Dublin Circuit Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former solicitor Michael Lynn who is accused of multi-million euro thefts was in court on Friday as part of preparations for his trial next year. Mr (...)

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