Peter Hain says Boris Johnson is working on a ‘not me Guv’ basis. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The British government’s Brexit proposals are “unworkable and unenforceable”, the North’s former secretary of state, Peter Hain, has said. Speaking (...)

Robin Swann returned to the broad-church approach but suddenly this has run out of time. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Does it matter any more who leads the Ulster Unionist Party? The question arises because Robin Swann, its leader for the past two years, has announced(...)

Patrick Ryan: “I would have liked to have been much more effective than I was but we did not do too badly.” Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The police in Northern Ireland are examining a BBC interview with a former priest turned IRA member who admitted obtaining money and bomb components f(...)

Margaret Thatcher considered Fr Ryan, above, to be the main channel between the IRA and Libya for a decade. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Unionists in Northern Ireland have called for the extradition from the Republic of Ireland of a former priest turned IRA member who admitted obtaining(...)

Arlene Foster, DUP leader and Nigel Dodds (DUP) leave Downing Street following talks with Boris Johnson on Tuesday. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has rejected proposals for a Northern Ireland-only backstop amid speculation at Westminster that Boris Johnson is (...)

“We want a united Ireland as long as we get it for free.” Photograph: iStock

Leo brings it up, and we’re all talking about a united Ireland again. You know the calculus: the sizes of the respective communities in the North bare(...)

Veterans attend a parade in Lisburn at a memorial event organised by the Northern Ireland Veterans Association on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of Operation Banner, the arrival of British troops onto the streets of Northern Ireland, in 1969. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Thousands of people have gathered at a commemorative event in Lisburn to mark the 50th anniversary of British troops being deployed in Northern Irelan(...)

Nine-year-old Patrick Rooney was  the first child to be killed in the Troubles in Belfast in 1969. Pictured are his  brother Con Rooney and mother Alice  at there home in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the opening days of the Troubles. Here Susan McKay starts a week-long series of articles where she looks backs(...)

Lyra McKee's investigation into children who went missing during the Troubles – was due to have been published in 2020. Photograph: Jess Lowe/EPA

Lyra McKee was murdered by the New IRA in Derry in April 2019. A 29-year-old writer and journalist, she was watching a riot in the city’s Creggan es(...)

At the MacGill summer school, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said moderate unionists would look at rising British nationalism and consider a united Ireland. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

It is just three weeks since calm voices pointed to a Plan B Brexit. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in the event of no deal, Ireland was considering agr(...)

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