Pilib Mistéil, principal of Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh in Ballymurphy, Belfast, remembers when being a Gaeilgeoir made him an oddity.  Photograph: Stephen Davison

While Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill were making their fateful pledges of office at Stormont on Thursday, a class of seven year olds in west Belfast (...)

Arlene Foster announced her resignation as DUP leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland yesterday. I photograph: PA

Is the coup within the Democratic Unionist Party that has brought down Arlene Foster a lurch by the party to the right? She survived the collapse of(...)

Boris Johnson is not some dude with a big bong writing awful poetry at three a.m. It is, to use the word Johnson has so much trouble with, “actually” the voice of the sovereign government of Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

It’s not when Boris Johnson is lying that you have to have to worry. If he’s lying, that just means he’s still breathing. No, the real danger sign is (...)

Mark Devenport interviewing Jack Gray at Rostrevor. Photograph: BBC Spotlight

The sight of Protestant and Catholic teenagers attacking the PSNI close to the Belfast peace line brought back memories of decades past. But which dec(...)

Orangemen on parade  in Portadown in 1999. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The Orange Order suggested a new commission intended to rule on contentious marches in Northern Ireland could be given a role in monitoring traffic ar(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams (L) with Martin McGuinness at the King’s Hall in Belfast on May 23rd, 1998. File photograph: Max Nash/AP Photo

A senior Irish diplomat told British officials that Sinn Féin’s leadership might not be able to bring all republican militants together with party lea(...)

Maggie Taggart

Four of BBC Northern Ireland’s most senior journalists have taken the decision to leave the corporation, it was announced on Wednesday. Stepping down(...)

Belfast mural depicting Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill (L) and the DUP’s Arlene Foster as the unlikely bedfellow characters from the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

How is it that Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill seem to be getting on so well? In the past couple of weeks the DUP First Minister and Sinn Féin Depu(...)