British ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a Belfast  Agreement 20th anniversary event at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It snowed in Washington the night before Leo arrived. Unfortunately it wasn’t Situation Room weather. The snow didn’t stick. Which is a pity, because (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: DUP has focused on technical aspects of the Border, missing the point the EU’s tactics have relegated this topic to mere quibbling. Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The European Commission’s draft Brexit legal text, like the collapse of the Stormont talks, represents another failure of the DUP’s much-lauded negoti(...)

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 (...)

April 10th, 1998: taoiseach Bertie Ahern, British prime minister Tony Blair and US senator George Mitchell shaking hands after they signed the historic agreement for peace in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  Dan Chung/AFP/Getty Images

Daniel Hannan is one of the most intelligent and sophisticated of the Brexiteers. The longtime Tory member of the European Parliament has a double fir(...)

Irish-language protesters in the Whiterock area of Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenghan/Pacemaker

It will come as a shock to many people that the issue of an Irish language Act has been a factor in the collapse of the talks to restore devolution in(...)

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(...)

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, (...)

British prime minister Theresa May holds a press conference at Stormont House on Monday. “I have been urging the parties to make one final push for the sake of the people of Northern Ireland,” she said. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May have exhorted the DUP and Sinn Féin to make “one final push” to strike a deal to reinst(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaking outside Stormont House in Belfast, following a bilateral meeting with British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May have said they are hopeful of a deal to reinstate the Northern Executive and Assembl(...)

Well-placed talks sources said good progress was achieved after a week of high-level DUP-Sinn Féin negotiations at Stormont. DUP leader Arlene Foster is pictued. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

There was a guarded sense of optimism at Stormont on Friday night that more than a year after the collapse of the powersharing institutions, the DUP a(...)

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