Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire,  in Dublin. Photograph:   Julien Behal

The Government has dismissed British proposals to avoid a customs border on the island of Ireland after the UK leaves the European Union. Taoiseach L(...)

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney welcomes Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire to a meeting at The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin for talks on Northern Ireland and   Brexit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Irish and British governments will meet the Northern parties in Belfast next week in the latest bid to relaunch the power-sharing institutions in (...)

Michelle O’Neill has written to the British and Irish governments and the NI parties proposing that talks aimed at reinstating the powersharing institutions restart next Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The British and Irish Governments are trying to create a “different dynamic” to the Stormont talks as they step up planning for the resumption of nego(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney speaks to the media, at Iveagh House in Dublin, in response to Brexit proposals.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said significant questions on maintaining an “invisible” border after Brexit remained unanswered follow(...)

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire: he said business leaders must “keep using their influence to encourage political parties to deliver a functioning and effective Executive”. Photograph: Getty Images

Sinn Féin has called for a “short, focused” series of negotiations aimed at restoring the Northern Executive and Assembly. Sinn Féin senior negotiato(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams meets then US president Bill Clinton in the in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on St Patrick’s Day, 2000. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

Transcripts released by the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas to The Irish Times present a fascinating insight into the role played by Bill Cli(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire: he  said the funding was an “interim step” to keep North’s finances on track without a devolved government in place. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Civil servants currently in charge of the North’s budgets have been given an extra £131 million (€148 million) to spend by the Northern Ireland Secret(...)

Charlie Flanagan expressed his disappointment at the North’s parties’ failure to establish an Executive.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Efforts to deal with paramilitarism in the North will intensify following the passage of legislation to set up a monitoring body to oversee measures a(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. The DUP routes all candidate donations via the party, as does Sinn Féin. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Pressure is building for more disclosure on political donations in Northern Ireland. A long-standing exemption to the UK’s donor transparency law was (...)

Drumcree parade: police stop Portadown Orangemen from walking down Garvaghy road. Photograph: Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press

For the 19th year in succession Portadown Orangemen were barred from completing their annual Drumcree parade by marching down the nationalist Garvaghy(...)

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