Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s strongly pro-united Ireland speech has been criticised by unionists. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

“Dial down the rhetoric” was the call to Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar from many unionists following the Tánaiste’s strongly pro-united Ireland speech(...)

Edwin Poots, tipped to succeed Arlene Foster as DUP leader, speaks to the media in the grounds of Stormont Castle, Belfast, in 2017. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Anniversaries tell us far more about the present than the past. So it has already proven in the North, where the controversy over how to mark 10(...)

A 2016 production of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness at the  Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. Photograph: Johan Persson

Despite claims that people across Ireland are counting down the clock to Irish unity, different political priorities appear to abound south of the bor(...)

Ulster Unionist Assembly member Mike Nesbitt, former Ireland international Trevor Ringland and Rev John Dunlop. File photographs: The Irish Times/Inpho

A “civic unionism” group of more than 100 people from various sections of Northern Irish society has challenged what it says is a nationalist assumpti(...)