Mervyn Gibson

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 Leo Varadkar  meets  the Grand Secretary of the Orange Lodge, Rev Mervyn Gibson at Government Buildings. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with the grand secretary of the Orange Order in Dublin on Monday for a wide-ranging discussion on North-South issues that a(...)

An Orange Order parade passes the Hands Across the Divide statue in Derry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Parades to commemorate the 228th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne concluded peacefully throughout Northern Ireland on Thursday evening following(...)

Bandsmen and Orange order members take part in the annual Twelfth of July celebrations in Belfast city centre. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There must be no legislative concession on the Irish language, thousands of Orangemen and women and their supporters were told on Thursday at Twelfth (...)

Preparations under way for the Donegall Road bonfire in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison

There is a very old joke about King James fleeing the Battle of the Boyne and meeting an old Irishman along the way to whom he shared his woes. “Don’t(...)

The relationship between Ireland and the United Kingdom is being “tested” for the first time in several years over the Brexit negotiations, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The relationship between Ireland and the United Kingdom is being “tested” for the first time in several years over the Brexit negotiations, Tánaiste a(...)

Thousands ake part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1st, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Belfast Pride was one of just five parades that drew a protest during this year’s marching season in Northern Ireland. The most peaceful marching sea(...)

 Theresa May in a unionist band: The DUP has seen itself  mocked in  tweets, news websites and cartoons

Arlene Foster must be feeling rather like Liberace. Remember when he was derided for his camp flamboyance and his ersatz piano renditions of the class(...)

Billy Hutchinson in December 2012:   “With nationalism, it’s a bit like St Augustine: wrap the green flag around me, but not just yet. It won’t happen in my lifetime.” Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit, demographic shifts and the dramatic outcome of the Northern Assembly elections are all fuelling talk of a united Ireland, a Border p(...)

Preparing for the Twelfth. The bonfire is ready to be lit and the middle class has left town. Photograph: Reuters

Here’s a question. Is the festival of stomping, shouting and sunburn currently being endured in parts of Ulster the only such patriotic celebration th(...)

Isaac Andrews of the West Belfast Ulster Political Research Group at the Twaddell loyalist protest camp, manned every day and night, coming up to one year after a Parades Commission determination last July prevented three local Orange lodges walking along a stretch of the Crumlin Road back to their hall. Photograph: Justin Kernaghan/Photopress Belfast

The second biggest date on the Orange calendar apart from the Twelfth witnessed the second biggest Orange District on Earth take to the streets of eas(...)

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