Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley has told MPs at Westminster that they should not impose their will on Northern Ireland by legislating for abortion there but promised Conservatives a free vote on any move to do so.  Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images.

Karen Bradley has told MPs at Westminster that they should not impose their will on Northern Ireland by legislating for abortion there but promised Co(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson, DUP MP for Lagan Valley, set up  Causeway in 2011 with  his brother, Kingsley, who looks after the day-to-day running of the company. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A leading human rights charity has alleged that companies owned by Invest Northern Ireland and Democratic Unionist Party MP Jeffrey Donaldson have tr(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: “Allowing her Brexiteers off the leash might have seemed like a harmless way to occupy the bored and potentially restless.” Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The DUP is now publicly panicking over Brexit. Last week, as the British government’s plan for a customs partnership with Europe following Brexit fel(...)

Amnesty has gained traction among a number of Westminster backbenchers, who claim recent prosecutions of former British soldiers are tantamount to a “witch-hunt”. Photograph: Frank Miller

British prime minister Theresa May has said the system for investigating soldiers and police in Northern Ireland is “patently unfair”. She claimed so(...)

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaking at the All-Island Civic Forum on Brexit at  the Dundalk Institute of Technology. Photograph:  EPA/Paul McErlane

There is a “real risk” that the EU and UK will fail to agree a deal on Brexit without a solution to avoid a hard border in Ireland, the EU’s chief neg(...)

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at   the  All-Island Civic Forum in Dundalk on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Paul McErlane

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier side-stepped accusations from DUP leader Arlene Foster that he was “not an honest broker”, saying he would(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams pass within touching distance of each other outside Castle Buildings, Stormont during a break in the negotiations before the signing of the Belfast Agreement on April 10th, 1998. File photograph: PA

How rarely we get a chance to “feel the hand of history upon our shoulder” in the life of a country. In a confidential memo authored by John Holmes,(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Unionism needs leadership of the kind it had two decades ago which brought the movement into peace talks with Sinn Féin and lead to the Belfast Agreem(...)

John Redmond addressing a Home Rule meeting at the Parnell monument on O’Connell Street in Dublin in March 1912.  Photograph courtesy National Library of Ireland

It was a small group that gathered in a committee room at Westminster on Wednesday evening to mark the centenary of John Redmond’s death, but a distin(...)

John Redmond, John Bruton suggested, was a “better model for a 21st-century world than are those who did not accept the necessity for compromise”.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he could envisage a successor of his coming from the unionist tradition. Mr Varadkar referenced the controversial decisi(...)

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