President Michael D Higgins at the GPO in Dublin to mark the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins led a commemoration marking the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street on Sun(...)

In December 2017, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar assured Northern unionists: “The Irish Government has no hidden agenda.” Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

During the difficult, bloody days of 1972, Fine Gael’s Garret FitzGerald wrote to a contact of his in Northern Ireland: “I have had further occasion t(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood was coy on suggestions of a future relationship with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Since the SDLP played a pivotal role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland they have suffered at the polls. The then leader John Hume knew by opening(...)

Rev Harold Good walks in front of Dr Maurice Hayes’s coffin as its carried from St Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick, Co Down. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Amanda Ferguson in Downpatrick Former senator Dr Maurice Hayes has been remembered as “diamond standard” and a “stalwart man of Down” who believed in(...)

Colum Eastwood and  members of the SDLP after talks at  Downing Street. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

In the days before the Westminster election, an SDLP veteran had a row with two of his daughters, both in their early 20s, after they told him they we(...)

Büsingen, Germany’s one and only enclave, surrounded on all sides by Switzerland.

The trout floats motionless in the pristine, glittering river, unaware that it is a Swiss fish in German waters. The fish is similarly oblivious to be(...)

Mark Durkan of the SDLP with his wife, Jacqui, after losing his seat following the General Election count for Foyle. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

John Hume’s name has been rarely off the tongues of members of the SDLP in Derry over recent months, as they battled, unsuccessfully as it turned out,(...)

Former SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell, who lost his seat after last week’s election, at the Titanic exhibition count centre in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There was no disguising the sadness in Seamus Mallon’s voice. “I am very, very disappointed and very sorry for good MPs who have lost their jobs,” he (...)

Simon Coveney said he had to respect the fact that Sinn Féin got a mandate standing on an abstentionist ticket.

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney hopes that the DUP will be able to make the case for a soft Brexit given the party’s decision to do a deal and keep(...)

Emma Little Pengelly has won the Belfast South Westminster seat for the DUP, unseating SDLP stalwart Dr Alasdair McDonnell. Ms Little Pengelly paid (...)

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