Jim O’Callaghan’s argument is that partition is no longer rational, although there will still be “strong and coherent arguments made by those in favour”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan has delivered his blueprint for a united Ireland in a speech to his old college at Cambridge, heavily promoted to the m(...)

Catholic bishops in the North have said Monday was ‘a tragic day for the unborn child’ after abortion was decriminalised. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

The main Christian churches in Ireland have deplored the events at Stormont on Monday that resulted in the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern (...)

  Senator Ivana Bacik said she was particularly pleased to accept the award in 2019, marking 100 years since the passage in Westminster of a 1919 Act, applicable to Ireland, which removed a legal ban on women entering the professions and the senior civil service. She is pictured here with her mother  Rina. Photograph: Twitter

Women lawyers continue to face “real obstacles” and to be “greatly outnumbered” by men at senior ranks in the legal profession, a leading law academic(...)

Belfast’s High Court ruled on Thursday that abortion laws there are incompatible with the UK’s human rights commitments. Above, Sarah Ewart (front centre) leaves the court after her case was upheld. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The representative body of Irish Catholic Bishops has called for the restoration of the devolved administration in Stormont in an effort to block the (...)

Following two years of renovation work on the chamber, its gilded occupants were finally allowed back, leaving behind their temporary lodgings in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum where plumptious yellow-haired cherubs – the spit of Donald Trump – decorated the walls. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

The Seanad returned on Tuesday after the summer recess to a beautifully refurbished chamber. The Senators, neither refurbished nor reconstructed, ret(...)

Labour MP Stella Creasy is to table an amendment to the NI (Executive Formation) Bill seeking to extend access to abortion to Northern Ireland. File photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

A Catholic bishop in Northern Ireland has called on people there to contact their MPs “urgently” to oppose an attempt in the House of Commons on Monda(...)

Essentially, voters didn’t see the point of paying a directly-elected mayor a handsome salary and even more money for special advisers when local government in Ireland is in the ha’penny place. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The dismal outcome of plebiscites on directly-elected mayors, with the proposition being narrowly defeated in both Cork and Waterford and carried by a(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: ‘the DUP are very much bedded and wedded all the time to the Constitutional position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.’ Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has dismissed concerns in the UK over the backstop element to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. “The backstop will never (...)

Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa Villiers arrive at the cabinet office in Westminster for a meeting of the Alternative Arrangements Working Group to examine the Malthouse compromise. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA

Theresa May will on Tuesday promise to fulfil her pledge to ensure that the Irish Border remains open after Brexit while securing a withdrawal deal th(...)

A delighted DUP leader Arlene Foster at the Belfast Count Centre on Friday supporting MP Gavin Robinson who had just been elected in East Belfast. Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk .

Twelve months ago, the then British Prime Minister David Cameron held a referendum on Britain’s continuing membership of the EU. The poll was unnecess(...)

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