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Chris Grant in A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe.  Photograph: Loretta Hurson

It’s a typical summer day in Belfast; leaden skies, thick cloud, heavy drizzle. But when we meet in CS Lewis Square on the city’s revitalised east sid(...)

Julian Smith, who was the British government chief whip for the past 18 months, is a senior and experienced figure unlike his predecessor Karen Bradley who was prone to gaffes and often appeared hapless during her time as Northern Secretary. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images

The visit of newly appointed Northern Secretary Julian Smith to Belfast to meet Tánaiste Simon Coveney and the five Northern parties so soon after his(...)

Northern Ireland’s new Secretary of State Julian Smith in Derry for his first visit to the region since his appointment. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main political parties were “very close” to striking deal to restor(...)

New Northern Secretary Julian Smith: he is described by those who know him as someone of intellect and capability. Photograph: Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s appointment of Julian Smith as the new Northern Secretary earned a speedy and predictably jaundiced response from Sinn Féin Assembly m(...)

  Karen Bradley, who  has been sacked as Northern secretary by new UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Conservative MP Karen Bradley has been sacked as Northern Ireland secretary by UK prime minister Boris Johnson, following a 19-month-long tenure in St(...)

Boris Johnson:  ‘I say to our friends in Ireland, and in Brussels and around the EU, I am convinced that we can do a deal without checks at the Irish Border, because we refuse under any circumstances to have such checks.’ Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Boris Johnson has begun his premiership with the most sweeping cabinet purge in recent British political history, appointing hardline Brexiteers to mo(...)

Britain’s new prime minister Boris Johnson being clapped into 10 Downing Street by staff in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

Shortly before 4pm on Wednesday, Boris Johnson marched up to the podium outside 10 Downing Street and promised to “change the record” after three year(...)

 Karen Bradley arrives for a cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA.

Karen Bradley has been sacked as the Northern Secretary by British prime minister Boris Johnson. Ms Bradley, who was an ally of former prime ministe(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Ms Foster said   she looked forward to discussing with Mr Johnson the ‘shared objectives of strengthening the union, delivering Brexit and restoring devolution’. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Unionist politicians congratulated Boris Johnson on his election as leader of the Conservative party and incoming British prime minister, while nation(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has played down suggestions that whoever wins the Tory leadership contest and becomes British (...)

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