‘No way exists which combines the kind of Brexit which the DUP has supported with the absence of a trade border on the island.’ Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

We can’t go back to the “borders of the past” has been a constant political refrain on all sides in the Brexit debate. And we probably won’t, at least(...)

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has repeated his call for the Irish Government to agree a specific timeline for the backstop. Photograph: Reuters/Paul McErlane

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has repeated his call for the Irish Government to agree a specific timeline for the backstop, the insurance mechanism to avoi(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson and the DUP are stridently opposed to the backstop plan to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after the United Kingdom exits the European Union. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said his party has sought assurances from a number of leadership contenders in the British Conservative party in relation to (...)

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson  said: ‘We need to get to a place where we agree that there were things that went wrong and should never have happened and we move on’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Relationships on the island face “real challenges” if the legacy of the Troubles is not dealt with as people commemorate “very difficult centenaries” (...)

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson  lays a wreath at the annual Daniel O’Connell Commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery which was followed by a forum on  Ireland post-Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish and British governments were already planning a new initiative to restart all-party talks in Northern Ireland before the murder of journalis(...)

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: “Quite honestly, the government has to move its red lines ...” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Jeremy Corbyn has said a second referendum on Brexit could be “a healing process” that could bring “this whole process to a conclusion”. Speaking at t(...)

Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster shake hands at a rally for journalist Lyra McKee in Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Can Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill ever be the Chuckle Sisters, repeating the Chuckle Brothers act of Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, their pre(...)

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(...)

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