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Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Good morning, We bring you some very sad news this morning. Noel Whelan, our political columnist, barrister, author and well-known political analyst,(...)

An IRA mural in west Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

I have been receiving treatment for a minor injury over the past two months, which has meant cycling – slowly – through the gates in the peace line be(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Good morning, and happy Valentine’s Day — the day the price of a bunch of roses rises by national children’s hospital proportions. Matters in Fianna (...)

SDLP leader Colm Eastwood, Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O’Neill and Northern Ireland Green Party leader Steven Agnew, arrive for a Brexit briefing with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The deputy leader of the Democratic Union Party (DUP) Nigel Dodds has criticised prime minister Theresa May over the draft Brexit deal’s handling of N(...)

The continuing political stalemate in Northern Ireland requires fresh thinking from all sides, not only from the parties at Stormont but also from the(...)

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, is welcomed by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Farmleigh House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

On this week’s Inside Politics podcast, Harry McGee and Pat Leahy talk about the substantive issues addressed by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Canadia(...)

Parliament Buildings, Stormont. An idea in circulation is ‘joint authority’, which the SDLP endorsed in recent weeks as an alternative to direct rule from London. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Last Friday, British prime minister Theresa May went to Glasgow to affirm fidelity to an idea that has seldom looked shakier. Rejectin(...)

US president Barack Obama holds 10-month-old Brooks Breitwieser as he greets supporters after speaking to an overflow room during a Hillary for America campaign event at the Capital University Field House in Columbus, Ohio. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

1. Gardaí say only offer of ‘substantial’ pay rise will halt strike Pressure has increased on the Government to significantly improve a package of pa(...)

Neil Kinnock, former leader of the British Labour Party, used his 1985 conference speech to challenge the militants head on. Photograph: Alan Betson

A common lament from British Labour MPs as they watch Jeremy Corbyn tighten his grip is that the cranks who lurked at the back of party meetings for 4(...)

Matt Cooper: unexpected moments keep The Last Word interesting

With the Brexit referendum campaign entering the final straight, there’s a wearyingly familiar chorus as the issue is raised on The Last Word (Today F(...)

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