Canvassing politicians were told repeatedly last year that the people wanted Stormont back so local politicians could tackle local problems. Photograph: Getty Images

Politics, said Otto Von Bismarck, is the art of the possible, but listening to some of the initial reaction to the New Decade, New Approach deal to ge(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood: “There will be a vote, or votes, in Westminster, and it’s whether you want somebody who will go to Westminster and use their voice or somebody who won’t.”   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

When the Westminster election result was declared in Foyle in 2017, much metaphorical use was made of the unbreached historic walls around the city of(...)

“Belting out impassioned nonsense is one way of expressing an Irish identity, and the National Anthem is the primary mode of articulation for a notion of Irishness that is as dead as coffin nails.” File photograph: Getty Images

Decipher this: Sinead feigned her fall. A toffee girl, a gay run. Binned. Arse. Loo. Hard tune the hen-egg ruined. These are, of course, the word(...)

Simon Coveney: Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann urged him to “step away from the microphone if he wants to repair relationships with unionists”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Unionist politicians have accused Tánaiste Simon Coveney of being “clumsy”, “unhelpful” and “aggressive” in his handling of Northern Ireland issues. (...)

Mark Durkan of the SDLP with his wife, Jacqui, after losing his seat following the General Election count for Foyle. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

John Hume’s name has been rarely off the tongues of members of the SDLP in Derry over recent months, as they battled, unsuccessfully as it turned out,(...)