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(...)

Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland secretary Ivan Lewis: Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

The refusal by Sinn Féin and the SDLP to accept major changes to Northern Ireland’s welfare rules is not acceptable, the British Labour Party has warn(...)