Ian Marshall: warns tensions within unionism about checks and inspections on goods coming over the Irish Sea  need to be addressed. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

The Northern Ireland protocol is “here to stay” and there is “no question” it promises benefits for trade and business, the latest recruit to the Ulst(...)

In a  joint statement,  the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Primate of All Ireland Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin (above)  and four other bishops in the North  criticised politicians who have welcomed the ‘unilateral imposition’ of abortion services. File photograph: Tom Honan

Britain’s order for full abortion services to be in operation in Northern Ireland by next spring is “unjust”, “gravely disquieting” and threatens the (...)

People confront British soldiers on William Street in Derry minutes before paratroopers opened fire, killing 14 civilians on what became known as Bloody Sunday. Photograph: Getty

There are few things as meaningless as a Stormont consensus. The Northern Ireland assembly was recalled this Tuesday for an SDLP motion rejecting UK (...)

 DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the British government was illustrating that the ‘protocol is not working’. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The British government’s demands for a new deal on the Northern Ireland protocol prompted different political responses in the North. The DUP describe(...)

SDLP deputy leader Nicola Mallon speaking in the Northern Ireland Assembly. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Stormont Assembly members broke from their summer recess on Tuesday to express their united opposition to British government proposals to ban all pros(...)

While the British government openly supports Northern Ireland remaining in the UK, the Irish Government has maintained a confused and tepid position. Photograph: PA

Watching the secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, clutch his figurative pearls recently at the idea that Tánaiste Leo Varadkar aspi(...)

Family members of Ballymurphy massacre victims Eileen McKeown (left), daughter of Joseph Corr, and Mary Corr, daughter in law of Joseph Corr, at Springhill Community House in Belfast, watching Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis announcing the UK Government’s plans to introduce legislation to end all prosecutions related to the Northern Ireland Troubles before 1998. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis’s proposals to end all Troubles-related prosecutions have triggered a wave of criticism from victims’ groups and poli(...)

A bonfire in the loyalist Craigyhill area of Larne dwarfs local houses in the seaside town. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

The loyalist marching season in Northern Ireland is a “leadership test” for unionism, according to Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald. Concerns ha(...)

Simon Hoare is the head of the  UK’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

The chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has apologised “offence” caused by a tweet about loyalist bonfires. Senior Conservative MP Sim(...)

TUV leader Jim Allister, former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib and Baroness Hoey with solicitor Colin Dougan outside Belfast High Court. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Traditional Unionist Voice leader and Assembly member (MLA) Jim Allister, who was one of those who took a legal challenge against the lawfulness o(...)

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