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SDLP leader Colum Eastwood: “There will be a vote, or votes, in Westminster, and it’s whether you want somebody who will go to Westminster and use their voice or somebody who won’t.”   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

When the Westminster election result was declared in Foyle in 2017, much metaphorical use was made of the unbreached historic walls around the city of(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, British prime minister Boris Johnson and DUP leader Arlene Foster at the DUP conference in November 2018. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

The outcome of the Westminster election in Northern Ireland will show whether the deep divisions in the region over Brexit can trump tribal politics. (...)

Arlene Foster,   DUP leader, party deputy leader, Nigel Dodds  and MP Jeffrey Donaldson. File photo. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty

Pressure is mounting on the incoming Ulster Unionist Party leader Steve Aiken from fellow unionists to change his decision that his party will contest(...)

Probably the biggest threat for the DUP is in South Belfast, where Emma Little-Pengelly is the MP. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Brexit has triggered deep passions in the North, and an election will allow voters another opportunity to express what they think of the idea of North(...)

Singer Dessie O’Halloran with Sheila Prendiville in her shop in Castleisland. File photograph: John Reidy

Tributes have been paid to the traditional musician Dessie O’Halloran after he died, following a short illness, aged 79. O’Halloran, who recorded his(...)

Fracking extracts natural gas by drilling into rocks and injecting pressurised water, sand and various chemicals to force out the gas. Photograph: Getty Images

A fracking ban in the Republic introduced two years ago will effectively be rendered “null and void” if Northern Ireland authorities grant permission (...)

Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East: ‘Pressure was put on’ by people who wanted to support Mr Smith and not her, she claimed.

A Fianna Fáil TD standing for the European Parliament claims the party has given in to pressure to favour her running mate. Anne Rabbitte, a Galway E(...)

 Fine Gael’s two Dublin candidates for the European elections, Frances Fitzgerald and Mark Durkan, canvassing at St Stephen’s Green Luas stop in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

If being an MEP for Dublin means something it’s lost on most voters.With barely a week to go until polling in the European elections, The Irish Times (...)

 Fine Gael’s two Dublin candidates for the European Elections, Frances Fitzgerald and Mark Durkan, joined by Minister Josepha Madigan TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There are going to be “voices for nonsense” from the UK in the next European parliament, Fine Gael MEP candidate Mark Durkan has said. Mr Durkan, for(...)

At this early stage of the campaign undecided voters in South stand at 30%.

With two weeks to go before votes are cast in the 2019 European Elections, early indications are Fine Gael will top the poll in each of the three cons(...)

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