DUP leader Arlene Foster speaks to reporters after a meeting of   the Stormont Assembly on Monday ahead of changes to laws on abortion  and gay marriage  in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Cabinet Ministers have been warned to be mindful of DUP sensitivities in light of the party’s opposition to the revised Brexit deal, as well as change(...)

A file image of DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds leaving 10 Downing Street in London. Mr Dodds said the latest Brexit deal drives ‘a coach and horses’ through the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images.

Boris Johnson was “too eager by far to get a deal at any cost” and could have held out for more Brexit concessions from the European Union, the DUP ha(...)

It was striking – and encouraging – to hear Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson emerge from their three-hour meeting in Liverpool on Thursday and announce in a joint statement that they could see “a pathway towards a possible deal.” Photograph: Noel Mullen/ Irish Government Press Office via Getty Images

The Brexit negotiation process has vindicated pessimists at every turn. Not in well over a year has any meeting between British and EU leaders conclud(...)

Tanaiste Simon Coveney said Ireland will support any UK request for an extension to Article 50 . Photograph: John Thys / AFP

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said it doesn’t matter whether British proposals on Brexit are made publicly or privately once they are credible and bridge the(...)

New Northern Secretary Julian Smith: he is described by those who know him as someone of intellect and capability. Photograph: Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s appointment of Julian Smith as the new Northern Secretary earned a speedy and predictably jaundiced response from Sinn Féin Assembly m(...)

Deputy leader of the DUP Nigel Dodds has said that winning the Conservative party leadership contest is a ‘totally emphatic victory’ for Boris Johnson. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The DUP has welcomed the victory of “committed Unionist” Boris Johnson in the race to become the next prime minister. However, other political partie(...)

Jeremy Hunt congratulates Boris Johnson after he was announced as the new Conservative party leader. Photograph: Reuters

There was initial mixed reaction in Northern Ireland to the election of Boris Johnson as the new British prime minister The DUP leader Arlene Foster(...)

Angela McGowan, the CBI’s regional director for Northern Ireland: “The type of Brexit that Brexiteers are pursuing has never been adequately defined.” Photograph: Pacemaker

“Pandora’s Box has been opened and people want something,” says Angela McGowan, the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) regional director for No(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds at Westminster: A whopping two-thirds of Northern voters said they thought DUP MPs were doing a bad job of representing Northern Ireland in London. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

One of the striking things about today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll findings is the degree to which views in Northern Ireland on Brexit and the polit(...)

The atmosphere in Westminster fuels the DUP sense of paranoia and its conviction that Northern Ireland is being treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Northern Ireland is changing, and quickly. Despite the presence of several seats of learning here I continue to be surprised at the absence of any ser(...)

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