Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster Foster admitted that she did not read the legislation behind the Renewable Heat Incentive. File photograph: The Irish Times

More than three years since the Renewable Heat Incentive inquiry was established in January 2017 the chairman, Patrick Coghlin, is to publish his find(...)

Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill outside the party’s  headquarters in Belfast. The party has  rejected a DUP proposal for an an immediate restoration of the assembly in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said DUP leader Arlene Foster has made a “real effort this week” in trying to reconvene formal talks o(...)

The Grand Hotel in Brighton after the IRA bombing  in 1984 that  left Margaret Tebbit paralysed. Photograph:  PA

The death of Martin McGuinness and, in particular, Norman Tebbit’s subsequent comments raise questions about the nature of forgiveness. Tebbit said h(...)

A file photograph from 1984 showing the the scene after an IRA exploded a bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton where most of the British cabinet were staying for the Conservative Party Conference. Photograph: PA

Former Tory cabinet minister Norman Tebbit said he hopes Martin McGuinness is “parked in a particularly hot and unpleasant corner of hell for the rest(...)

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire on BBC’s ‘Andrew Marr Show’: he said his concern was that an election campaign would be divisive. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Northern Ireland Assembly members will gather at Stormont on Monday in the firm expectation that by teatime the Northern Secretary James Brokenshire w(...)

 Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy meets Taoiseach Enda Kenny  in Madrid. Photograph:Sergio Barrenechea/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has sought to convince the Spanish government of Ireland’s need to be treated as a “unique” case with regard to Brexit. The pot(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has made clear she is prepared to see Assembly elections rather than accede to the Sinn Féin demand that she stand aside as F(...)

Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster speaking to journalists in Downing Street recently. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

The convening during the week of the all-island civic forum and recent talk of the possibility of the reintroduction of a “hard border” in the afterma(...)

Prominent Ulster Defence Association figure John Boreland, who was murdered with a shotgun outside his north Belfast home. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

A senior police officer in the North has appealed for calm after the murder in north Belfast of prominent Ulster Defence Association figure John Borel(...)

Republican supporters parade in remembrance of the victims of Bloody Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

An anti-internment march by Irish republicans due to take place in Glasgow this weekend has been postponed following concerns that the parade could (...)

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