David Trimble

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Meeting of North-South Ministerial Council had to be cancelled at the last minute because DUP First Minister Arlene Foster had not nominated a unionist minister to attend, as power-sharing requires. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

Eamon Ryan experienced Northern Ireland’s politics of the empty chair last Friday at the North-South Ministerial Council, the sole cross-Border instit(...)

Brexit, Scottish independence and a possible border poll has renewed the focus on North-South issues. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Economic comparisons between Northern Ireland and the Republic are few and far between. For some reason, perhaps because of the zero-sum politics invo(...)

David Trimble: the Northern Ireland protocol “changes fundamentally” the constitutional relationship with the rest of the UK and ignores the principle of consent enshrined in the Belfast Agreement.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Northern Ireland protocol in the EU-UK Brexit deal risks a return of violence, pulls apart the Belfast Agreement and “must not be allowed to stand(...)

A loyalist sign in Lurgan, Co Armagh, about the Belfast Agreement amid tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A community organisation which represents former loyalist paramilitaries has called for “calm and rational” engagement to lower tensions and solve iss(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has issued a warning on the prospect of a Border poll. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned that the holding of a “facile” Border poll on Irish unity would be “meaningless” if the intent was simply to re(...)

From 2007 (from the left): then first minister Ian Paisley, deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, Britain’s prime minister Tony Blair and taoiseach Bertie Ahern inside the main hall of Stormont Assembly in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/Pool/PA Wire

Tony Blair told Martin McGuinness that the British were partially responsible for the conditions that led to the Troubles, a new documentary states. (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons debate on the second reading of the EU Future Relationship Bill on Wednesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty Images

If Boris Johnson had any doubt about how emphatically the Commons would back his Brexit deal, it will have evaporated when veteran Brexiteer Bill Cash(...)

SDLP leader John Hume with party colleague Seamus Mallon. Hume was concerned that the British government, particularly in the run-up to the Westminster general election, would be ‘unable to engineer forward movement’. File photograph: Reuters

A behind-the-scenes initiative by SDLP leader John Hume to attempt to restore the 1994 IRA ceasefire, using the medium of Protestant Church leaders, i(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams (L) with Martin McGuinness at the King’s Hall in Belfast on May 23rd, 1998. File photograph: Max Nash/AP Photo

A senior Irish diplomat told British officials that Sinn Féin’s leadership might not be able to bring all republican militants together with party lea(...)

Pat and John Hume at the launch of Bertie Ahern’s autobiography in Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Pat Hume can move mountains. She had to scale so many obstacles working alongside her husband John during times of great personal and political risk. (...)

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