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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(...)

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May to implement an Irish language act in Northern Ireland.

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Th(...)

 Leader of Northern Ireland’s Progressive Unionist Party, Billy Hutchinson. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Billy Hutchinson, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), says politics isn’t about changing the world but about making a difference. This is (...)

Contemporary loyalism is a product of the sectarian divisions of Northern Ireland and the conflict. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ulster loyalism is a rather curious beast. An “ism” without a clear ideology, beyond allegiance to a British identity and more specifically to the Cro(...)

Lilies left in remembrance to Martin McGuinness at the gates of the Sinn Féin offices at Connolly House, Andersonstown, Belfast. Photograph: PA

History will judge Martin McGuinness kindly according to people living in the republican heartland of west Belfast. There was a sense of shock and sa(...)

Last May, when this was a six-seater constituency rather than the five-seater it is now, the DUP won three seats, Alliance two and the Ulster Unionist Party one

Belfast East is another constituency where the “cash for ash” crisis could have a vital bearing on the Northern Ireland Assembly election result. Ju(...)

William ‘Plum’ Smith died in hospital after a short illnes. Photograph: Robin Kirk/Flickr

A former leading loyalist paramilitary who played a key role in the peace process has died. William “Plum” Smith died in hospital after a short illne(...)

Paul Maskey of Sinn Féin (left), who has been elected in Belfast West,  congratulates fellow party member Gerry Kelly (right) on being elected as MLA for Belfast North, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Belfast North count is complete in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections. It is a similar result as in 2011 - two seats to Sinn Féin, three to (...)

 Carrie Twomey and her husband Anthony McIntyre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The British government has lodged a subpoena with Boston College seeking access to taped interviews given by former IRA prisoner Dr Anthony McIntyre, (...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast North – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

There is a fascinating inter-unionist contest in the constituency, where a reverend doctor – who, for the moment, has abandoned the sacred world of re(...)

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