Blockades known as ‘dragon’s teeth’ sit by the side of a Border crossing. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The contentious backstop solution to avoid a hard Irish border after Brexit is pushing Northern Ireland towards “extreme unionism”, an Ulster Unionist(...)

Mary Lou  McDonald was warned from several quarters that her comments about the PSNI  could jeopardise the interview process.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There was continuing fallout on Wednesday over Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald’s comment that no one within the senior ranks of the PSNI is capable(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: “There is nothing to apologise for and no retraction to be made.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has refused to retract her comment that she believes no one within the senior ranks of the PSNI is capable o(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: ‘This is an issue of the culture of policing’. Photograph: Tom Honan

, The leader of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald has rejected Police Federation of Northern Ireland criticism that her comments about a potential new chi(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster (centre) with Diane Dodds MEP and Nigel Dodds MP after meeting  Leo Varadkar at the Irish Government residence in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended European Council president Donald Tusk over his comments about there being “a special place in hell” for those who(...)

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar and European Council president Donald Tusk during a statement following their meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Francisco Seco

Theresa May travels to Brussels on Thursday to ask for legally binding changes to the withdrawal agreement she agreed last year to ensure that Britain(...)

Prime Minister Theresa May (right) leaves Stormont after talks on Brexit with party leaders on the second day of her visit to Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

British prime minister Theresa May heard two emphatic and opposing positions when she met the North’s five main parties on Wednesday – that the backst(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood at the launch of the new partnership in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Micheál Martin and Colum Eastwood were careful to avoid creating any hostages to fortune when they announced the new “unprecedented” and “historic” Fi(...)

A forensic officer inspects the scene of a  car bomb attack in Derry, Northern Ireland, on Sunday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Public figures and politicians from across the UK and Republic of Ireland have condemned a car bomb attack on Derry courthouse in Northern Ireland. T(...)

Alliance health spokeswoman Paula Bradshaw MLA said there was a need to “break the taboo” around alcohol addiction. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Greater action must be taken to highlight the dangers of alcohol abuse, Northern Ireland politicians have urged, after it was disclosed that the North(...)

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