Michelle O Neill

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Bill Clinton and Tony Blair at Queen’s University on Tuesday, “signalling they were not there to cry over the agreement’s corpse”. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

It could easily have turned into a wake. Instead, the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement struck surprisingly positive notes. The guest list al(...)

In her Easter oration, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald “delivered boilerplate full of the usual platitudes on welcoming unionists into a united Ireland”. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Sinn Féin’s annual Easter message has become a curiously well-mannered ritual. Large parts of it are generally about unionists and those parts are off(...)

The outbreak of violence in Derry on Easter Monday during an illegal dissident republican parade is a sinister development that should concentrate the minds of the major political parties in the North. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The outbreak of violence in Derry on Easter Monday during an illegal dissident republican parade is a sinister development that should concentrate the(...)

Youths attack PSNI vehicles as they try to prevent members of Derry 1916  Commemoration Committee from taking part in an unregistered parade in the the Creggan area of Derry, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Petrol bombs have been thrown at police during an illegal dissident republican Easter parade in Derry. Up to 50 youths, some wearing masks, repeatedl(...)

SF deputy leader Michelle O’Neill’s speech touched on the Belfast Agreement, which marks its 20th anniversary this month, and the Stormont impasse.

Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill has renewed her party’s call for an Irish unity referendum within five years. Addressing republicans at an E(...)

 British prime minister John Major  and taoiseach Albert Reynolds during a press conference in London in December 1993 following their joint declaration on the North. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have gone by. Looking back I think about the leadership qualities of those involved who helped us get to the point (...)

Karen Bradley: “The answer is for politicians who were elected by the people of Northern Ireland to get back into Stormont and run the executive.” Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland secretary of state Karen Bradley will be in Twickenham this afternoon cheering on England, arriving just in time after a whirlwind 72(...)

British ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a Belfast  Agreement 20th anniversary event at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It snowed in Washington the night before Leo arrived. Unfortunately it wasn’t Situation Room weather. The snow didn’t stick. Which is a pity, because (...)

The leaders of the two main political parties in Northern Ireland have not received an invitation to the annual event, which takes place in the East Room of the White House on Thursday evening. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald and DUP leader Arlene Foster have not been invited to the White House St Patrick’s Day reception, but Gerry Adam(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster has “categorically” rejected a Sinn Féin claim she personally handed over a hard copy of a draft deal to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly last month. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has “categorically” rejected a Sinn Féin claim that she personally handed over a hard copy of a draft deal to restore the(...)

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