Journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead in Derry on Thursday night

Ronan McGreevy President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to journalist Lyra McKee who was shot dead during riots in Derry on Thursday night. Mr (...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: ‘the DUP are very much bedded and wedded all the time to the Constitutional position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.’ Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has dismissed concerns in the UK over the backstop element to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. “The backstop will never (...)

Assimilating new peoples through military service is one of the oldest tricks of statecraft. Full Nato membership, alongside UK allies, would create armed forces unionists might be interested in joining. Photograph: AP

I am told Jewish people can be wary of “semitophiles” – those who admire Jews for their history and culture. Such admiration is invariably based on st(...)

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has called for the Republic to rejoin the Commonwealth. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Senior DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has called on the Republic to rejoin the Commonwealth. Mr Donaldson made the comments as he attended the Fine Gael na(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gives a press conference at the end of an EU summit focused on Brexit in Brussels on Friday.  Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images

The House of Commons may insist on a closer relationship with the EU rather than a no-deal if MPs again vote to reject the withdrawal agreement next w(...)

DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the UK government needed to translate “verbal commitments” on the backstop  into “law”. Photograph: Reuters/Paul McErlane

DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said his party still needs legal assurances on the backstop to support Theresa May’s deal. Mr Donaldson said he and (...)

Democratic Unionist Party  deputy leader Nigel Dodds, speaks to the media outside the Cabinet Office, in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Talks between the British government and the DUP are expected to continue through the weekend after what the party’s deputy leader Nigel Dodds describ(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: she must be apprehensive that some of the party’s core vote is becoming jaundiced and fearful by its obdurate position on the backstop

There was a period between late on Monday night and around 11am on Tuesday when there was a chance of escape from the Brexit chaos. It was fleeting. (...)

British prime minister Theresa May will make a statement on Monday afternoon outlining her new Brexit proposals. Photograph: PA

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the Brexit withdrawal deal, which was comprehensively rejected by the House of Common(...)

British Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay has said the British government would accept an amendment from a Tory MP aimed at limiting the duration of the backstop Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland politicians have reacted sceptically or guardedly to a proposed amendment that would purport to place a time limit on the backstop de(...)

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