Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin has begun a review of its local authority structures in response to the departure of a number of councillors from the party. A total of 37 (...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald (at centre in green top) in procession during the 37th National Hunger Strike Commemoration in Castlewellan, Co Down, on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It is now only a matter of “when” a Border poll will take place on Irish unity, Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said on Sunday, as she brushed a(...)

 Róisín Upton, Kathryn Mullan, Ayeisha McFerran, Anna O’Flanagan, Grace O’Flanagan, Yvonne O’Byrne, Nicola Evans and Chloe Watkins of Ireland celebrate their victory during the semi-final game between Ireland and Spain of the Womens Hockey World Cup on Saturday. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Once more unto the breach - Ireland’s women’s hockey team go for gold in the World Cup final on Sunday in London. They face the seven times winners (...)

Former Northern Ireland first minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Unionists who maintain that a vote on a united Ireland should not be discussed are talking “claptrap” as the “battle for the union is on”, former Nort(...)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald:  these past few days she has been less than sure-footed on a key and highly sensitive issue. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

When “you’re explaining you’re losing” is a Ronald Reagan phrase Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald will be familiar with, and in recent days she h(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she said that if there was to be a hard Brexit next year the British government would have to hold a Border poll.  Photograph: PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Labour and the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, have questioned the abrupt U-turn on a Border poll made by the S(...)

 Human Life International says  it intends to campaign to keep abortion out of the North by “dispelling the darkness, spreading the light of truth”

The president of an international anti-abortion organisation has called on Catholics in Northern Ireland to “keep the wolf out of the field” and preve(...)

Mary Lou McDonald’s initial comments came in response to Peter Robinson’s speech to the MacGill Summer School at which he said unionists needed to consider the possibility of a united Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The rapid change of position by Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald on the timing of a Border poll on the future of Northern Ireland raises some disqui(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has insisted her party will not sign up for a standalone Irish language Act in any new set of negotiations aimed at resto(...)

Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O’Neill and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrating the result of the abortion referendum in Dublin. Photograph: Reuters

Catholics and Protestants must unite to oppose the legalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland, a public meeting in Derry has been told. “We can’t d(...)

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