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If a language Act is imposed by Westminster, as seems increasingly possible, would that not solve everything? Photograph: Getty Images

In the end the social policy border will have lasted four years and two months. That will be the length of time between the legalisation of same-sex m(...)

  Karen Bradley, who  has been sacked as Northern secretary by new UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Conservative MP Karen Bradley has been sacked as Northern Ireland secretary by UK prime minister Boris Johnson, following a 19-month-long tenure in St(...)

 Karen Bradley arrives for a cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA.

Karen Bradley has been sacked as the Northern Secretary by British prime minister Boris Johnson. Ms Bradley, who was an ally of former prime ministe(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Ms Foster said   she looked forward to discussing with Mr Johnson the ‘shared objectives of strengthening the union, delivering Brexit and restoring devolution’. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Unionist politicians congratulated Boris Johnson on his election as leader of the Conservative party and incoming British prime minister, while nation(...)

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(...)

SDLP leader  Colum Eastwood: a “new union of Ireland” could offer Protestants an equal voice in an  inclusive, diverse and prosperous society where they could “be proud to be from the north of Ireland”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The SDLP is open to the idea of a “new union of Ireland” rather than a “united Ireland”, the party leader has said, following the call by leading acto(...)

President Michael D Higgins with mourners at the funeral of civil rights leader Ivan Cooper, who died  aged 75 on Wednesday  following a long illness. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Northern Ireland civil rights leader Ivan Cooper believed “to his last breath” that a better future was possible, President Michael D Higgins said, af(...)

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: ‘That is the one big lesson of Brexit. A referendum without a plan is stupid. So a referendum on unity must be set in a thoughtful inclusive process which sets out a programme of sustainable options, including phases of transition’. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said the Government has a duty to plan for Irish unity. Writing in his weekly blog, Mr Adams expressed confid(...)

Robin Swann, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, and Michelle O’Neill, vice president of Sinn Féin. Uncertainty at Westminster and over Brexit form the backdrop to the latest effort to negotiate a deal between the main Stormont parties. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has expressed disappointment the beginning of a proposed “intensive” stage of the talks to restore the Northern Ireland Assembly amounted to(...)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May, who are reviewing what progress has been made in the talks aimed at restoring S(...)

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