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Boris Johnson declined to talk to the press. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson’s visit to Stormont as prime minister was an opportunity for all of Northern Ireland’s main political parties to get the measure of him,(...)

Britain’s Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith (left) and Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson arrive at Stormont House, Belfast for talks on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty

British prime minister Boris Johnson has told the Northern Ireland parties that he was determined to have Stormont reinstated. He also said, on his f(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty

Boris Johnson arrived in Northern Ireland on Tuesday night and held a private meeting with DUP leader Arlene Foster and senior colleagues Nigel Dodds (...)

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(...)

  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(...)

 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(...)

Fine Gael under Leo Varadkar did well in the European elections but had a disappointing performance in the locals. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Dáil has adjourned for the summer recess but Brexit, the issue which dominated all others during the past session, will continue to be the overrid(...)

The Mercosur deal includes provision for the import into the EU of 99,000 tonnes of beef from Argentina. Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, as well as poultry and pig meat. File photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters

Concerns about the EU agreement with Mercosur will “pale into insignificance” if there is a no-deal Brexit, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil as farmers(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe and refused to call for him to withdraw “inaccurate” claims about the doc(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: came in for general criticism for a number of incidents in the past year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Sinn Féin review into its poor performance in the local and European elections has found the party needs to significantly improve how it communicate(...)

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