Anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament: European Council president Charles Michel and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen are expected to sign the withdrawal agreement in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Hollie Adams/PA

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is set to become law on Thursday after both houses of parliament approved the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on Wednesday after(...)

DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson  said the UK government must now live up to UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s statement. File photograph:  James Forde for The Irish Times

The head of the body which represents the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland has said he “remains to be convinced” that British prime minister B(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, striding together towards the cameras with the illuminated Parliament Buildings as backdrop on Thursday night, have been a double act with symbolic and real heft. Photograph: Philip Magowan / Press Eye

The New Decade, New Approach deal looks set to revive Stormont thanks to far-reaching promises – including cash which may ease hospital waiting-lists,(...)

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(...)

Northern Secretary Julian Smith: he met Conradh na Gaeilge to hear its demands for an Irish language Act. Photograph: Getty Images

The DUP has again sounded a warning that it will not accept an agreement to restore Stormont that has Irish language legislation unacceptable to union(...)

The DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson, Arlene Foster and Emma Little Pengelly meet with Northern  Secretary Julian Smith  at Stormont House, Belfast. Photograph: Presseye/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments will next week publish a text of what they believe is the basis for an agreement to restore the Northern Executive a(...)

Arlene Foster. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

It is hard today to appreciate the complete conceptual change in Northern Ireland politics represented by the 2006 St Andrews Agreement. The preceding(...)

Northern Secretary Julian Smith:  he and Simon Coveney have indicated that efforts to strike a deal will resume after Christmas. Photograph: Getty Images

The DUP has “flatly rejected” the suggestion that the party was responsible for the failure to reach agreement to restore the Northern Ireland Assembl(...)

Alliance’s new MP for North Down Stephen Farry said he wanted his first formal comments in the House of Commons to be in Irish “to reflect the shared heritage of the language across all the traditions in Northern Ireland”. Photograph: HO/PRU/AFP via Getty Images

In his 36 years as a Conservative MP, Roger Gale has been called any number of things, branded a bigot for his opposition to same-sex marriage and a m(...)

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood: “In 1972, 14 innocent civil rights marchers were gunned down by the British army on the streets of Derry. Is prosecuting those veterans vexatious? No it is not.”   Photograph: Pacemaker Press

The consequences of last week’s general election on the shape of the House of Commons are most visible on the government benches, which can no longer (...)

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