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Mary Lou McDonald has not made any public comment on her intentions since Gerry  Adams announced his intention to step down. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has confirmed he will not challenge Mary Lou McDonald for the position of party president. Mr Murphy is the latest senior (...)

Mary Lou McDonald is poised to be appointed Sinn Féin president after two of the main contenders confirmed they would not take part in a contest. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mary Lou McDonald is poised to be appointed Sinn Féin president after two of the main contenders confirmed they would not take part in a contest. Fina(...)

Stormont negotiations: “We need this generation of Northern Ireland politicians to work and talk together,” said Owen Smith of the UK Labour Party. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

A senior British Labour politician has urged Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire not to cut the pay of Stormont politicians beca(...)

Sinn Féin negotiator Gerry Kelly seen in the party’s offices at Stormont, Belfast.  Photograph: PA.

A further round of negotiations between the DUP and Sinn Féin broke up on Tuesday night without any agreement on how to restore the Northern Executive(...)

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy speaking to the media at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, as talks to save the Northern Ireland Power sharing executive continue. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Talks designed to reinstate the Northern Executive and Assembly have reached a “very key” stage, senior Sinn Féin negotiator Conor Murphy said at Stor(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Sinn Féin leader was ‘setting the scene to ensure someone else is getting the blame’ over the impasse in Northern Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Wednesday called on the Sinn Féin leader to “stop blaming everyone else” for the failure to form a Northern Ireland Executiv(...)

Clare Dunne (Sylvia), Alex Kowak (Billy) and Fiona Bell (Beth) in Tribes at the Gate Theatre

Gate Theatre **** “If you’re going to argue, slow down,” advises Beth, the mother of an eruptive family that is forever arguing and rarely slowing d(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly is considering how the State can become a leader in tackling climate change over the  weekend.

Ireland has “failed spectacularly” in its response to the challenges posed by climate change over the last 15 years, the Citizens’ Assembly has been t(...)

Recent years feature in the top 10 of wettest winters and wettest summers over three centuries. Photograph: David Sleator

What is believed to one of the largest compilations of weather records in the world – showing monthly rainfall levels in Ireland stretching from the p(...)

Residents wade through floodwaters in Houston, Texas, US, this week. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

The US National Weather Service is not noted for alarmist pronouncements. So when it tweeted that Hurricane Harvey was unprecedented and that “al(...)

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