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Mary Lou McDonald said on Monday: ‘It is my strong preference that we have sequencing that firstly delivers a level of economic and social certainty, in as much we can be certain, and stability and, from that base, we then continue the conversation about Irish unity.” Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

In an apparent reversal of a position she took on Monday, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald yesterday said there would have to be Border poll if the (...)

Ian Paisley had “apologised unreservedly at the outset for his unintentional failure to register the hospitality he received,” a lawyer for the DUP MP said. Photograph: PA

Ian Paisley was under pressure on Wednesday night to resign as an MP after he faced suspension from the House of Commons for failing to disclose two p(...)

Leo Varadkar told Opposition leaders Brexit may form part of discussions in the informal EU summit in September. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that the EU could respond to the easing of the British Brexit position by showing “flexibility” in the negotiation(...)

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said  the ‘person who occupies the highest office in the land, ought to have an electoral sanction’. Photograph: PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has given the strongest indication yet that her party will run a candidate against Michael D Higgins for the presid(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Senator Gerard Craughwell has said it will be “difficult” to identify 20 Oireachtas members to sign his nomination papers to run for President. Mr Cr(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: “A new and better Ireland is emerging.” Photograph: RTÉ

Sinn Féin is a party of government and wants to be part of a “progressive” administration in Dublin after the next general election, party leader Mary(...)

 Peadar Tóibín TD, pictured at the Sinn Féin ard fheis in 2015, did not speak during the party’s debate on Saturday on changing  its  policy toward  abortion. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Sinn Féin ardfheis has cleared the way for party TDs and senators to vote for legislation allowing for abortion up to 12 weeks when it comes befor(...)

Mary Lou McDonald said that she expected to talk to both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael about forming a government. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she wants to form a coalition government after the next election with either Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil.(...)

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

The abortion referendum result will have “no impact” on Northern Ireland’s restrictive regime, Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has decl(...)

Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony  at Together for Yes HQ, Upper Mount Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

The No side in the Eighth Amendment debate has been accused of being callous towards Irish women who have had to have abortions abroad. A group of w(...)

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