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North’s  First Minister Arlene Foster: “We recognise Easter is a time when many families would usually get together, but it is essential that everyone continues to follow the social distancing instructions.” Photograph: Kelvin Boyes

There are some tentative signs that social distancing measures are having an effect in tackling Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, the North’s chief medica(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald, vice-president Michelle O’Neill and Coiste Seasta member Ken O’Connell  arrive in the Dublin election count centre at the RDS during the recent election. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Not a normal democratic party, says Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin – Correct, says the party’s OWN finance director. SO here IS HOW THE PARTY WO(...)

 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Tánaiste  Simon Coveney  at the Museum of Literature Ireland. Photograph: Phil Noble – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The UK and EU’s changing relationship will require people to “work together” to ensure relations between Ireland and the UK remain “just as strong”, B(...)

Northern Ireland’s MLAs have agreed a process to return a controversial £1,000 pay rise. On Thursday the Assembly Commission determined that it was (...)

UK  prime minister Boris Johnson and secretary of state for Northern Ireland Julian Smith  are greeted by First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill  at Stormont on Monday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

There was a pleasing symmetry at Stormont on Monday when new Sinn Féin Assembly speaker Alex Maskey welcomed British prime minister Boris Johnson. Ma(...)

‘On Thursday the public told the DUP and Sinn Féin to get on with it. They now have a chance to do just that.’ File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

It must be difficult after such a long and bruising election campaign, particularly for the like of DUP leader Arlene Foster, for politicians to feel (...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont has been suspended for three years. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Julian Smith are to hold talks with the North’s five main parties in Belfast on Mond(...)

DUP’s leader Arlene Foster with Nigel Dodds, who won  21,240 votes in the Westminster election in 2017, with John Finucane (SF) at 19,159.   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The tussle between the outgoing MP and DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and Sinn Féin’s John Finucane in the North Belfast constituency is as nasty an el(...)

Sinn Féin’s  John Finucane, the son of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane, who is contesting the North Belfast seat against DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The DUP deputy leader and outgoing North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds has insisted that posters attacking John Finucane and members of his family have nothi(...)

Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley  said she firmly believed “an agreement in the coming days, while not certain, is achievable. That remains my focus”. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

A deal to restore the devolved institutions at Stormont is achievable within days, Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley told MPs on Wednesday. Bu(...)

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