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A forensic officer inspects the scene of the car bombing in Derry. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Police in Derry believe the dissident republican group the New IRA was behind an explosion outside the city’s courthouse on Saturday night. “Our pr(...)

DUP MP and Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson. Photograph: Liam McBurney for The Irish Times.

The hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland during the Troubles only came about as a result of Republicans’ actions, DUP MP and Brexit spokes(...)

 Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said: ‘Mrs May will now be able to demonstrate to the Brussels’ negotiators that changes are required if any deal is to command the support of parliament’ Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/ EPA

The DUP leader Arlene Foster called on British prime minister Theresa May to now to go back to Brussels and compel the European Union to make “fundame(...)

A laptop in Stormont shows a live feed of DUP leader Arlene Foster giving evidence to the RHI inquiry on the “cash for ash” scandal. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two years ago, following days of political fever, a tiny group of journalists was called hurriedly to Martin McGuinness’s office in Stormont. There th(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said he held an ‘open and frank discussion’ with a DUP delegation led by party leader Arlene Foster but failed to shift their insistence that the disputed Brexit backstop should be dropped. Photograph: PressEye/PA Wire.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said he held an “open and frank discussion” with a DUP delegation led by party leader Arlene Foster but failed to shift their i(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is in Belfast on Thursday to meet politicians and business leaders to discuss the Brexit impasse. Photograph: Reuters

The Irish Government has rejected any suggestion that a future Stormont executive could veto aspects of the Irish border backstop. Tánaiste and Mini(...)

 DUP leader Arlene Foster says legal text of the withdrawal agreement must be watertight for the United Kingdom. Photograph: Reuters

The DUP will hold British prime minister Theresa May to commitments to gain “legally binding” changes to the EU-UK withdrawal agreement, party leader (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: The lesson of the past 30 months for unionists is that they need to tread extremely carefully.  Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

The past year, 2018, has been a difficult one for the DUP. Which means it has been a difficult year for all of unionism. In December 2017 Arlene Fost(...)

Leo Varadkar: Health and housing are the running public policy sores for the Government.   Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

At the beginning of the year, the prospects for the Government surviving the year seemed slim. After the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald, relations(...)

Competition between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for the accolade of being the most responsible political party intensified in December as Theresa May struggled to secure a ‘soft’ Brexit at Westminster. Micheál Martin agreed to prop up Leo Varadkar’s minority Government for a further year and contrasted political chaos in London to rational behaviour in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The prospect of a hard Brexit and falling economic growth has generated Government plans to protect Irish consumers and producers from shortages and d(...)

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