Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis used  new powers to direct ministers in Belfast to take steps to deploy abortion services. Photograph: Handout/PRU/AFP via Getty Images

A legal challenge is to be heard to a move by the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis to press Stormont to formally roll out(...)

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon: ‘In measure after measure the evidence is overwhelming and conclusive – independence works.’ Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that Boris Johnson’s government will use Brexit to weaken the case for independence. But she cite(...)

Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Photograph: iStock

Stormont Ministers have committed to pay for a pension scheme for victims of the North’s Troubles, ending a long-running dispute over whether funding (...)

First Minister and Scottish National Party Leader Nicola Sturgeon: ‘Boris Johnson and I are very different people.’ Photo(Scottish National Party via Getty Images)

Brexit has made a united Ireland more likely, the Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has stated. Sturgeon said the outcome of a Border poll was a(...)

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon: she said   if Boris Johnson refuses to authorise  an independence vote he will have to challenge the referendum’s legitimacy through the courts. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

The leader of Scotland’s Conservatives has called on Scottish unionists to boycott any independence referendum called by the Scottish government witho(...)

A Scottish independence rally in Glasgow in November 2019. Photograph: Andy Buchanan / AFP

Scotland could follow the example of the first Dáil a century ago and withdraw from the Westminster parliament if another independence referendum is n(...)

Students stand in line to get tested for Covid-19. Photograph: by Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Israel 3,275 cases per 100,000 (14 day average to October 7th). Israel’s experience with Covid-19 has put our own recent spike into perspective. With (...)

‘I have had many people ask me if their loved is going to die, whether they will ever see them again?’ Phillip Cahill, who works as a paramedic in Wales

Phillip Cahill from Salthill, Co Galway works as a paramedic in Wales. He spoke to Irish Times Abroad last Christmas about his job (which became (...)

Lord Alf Dubs told the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly  that abortion could be passed into law by Northern Ireland’s devolved assembly if party talks restored the power-sharing government in Belfast. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Abortion could be legalised in Northern Ireland if the House of Commons chose to legislate on the matter as a human rights issue, the British-Irish Pa(...)

A number of demonstrators at the rally in Belfast on Saturday, March 9th. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Women’s rights activists in Belfast are calling for the British government to introduce legislation around coercive control and stalking. At the Inte(...)

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