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The negotiations could cover areas such as pay, economic and taxation policy and issues such as housing and childcare. Photograph: iStock

The possibility of an overarching agreement between unions, employers and the Government covering pay, economic and taxation policy and issues such as(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis currently has sole responsibility for calling a Border poll. File photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

When Leo Varadkar and Michelle O’Neill agree on anything it’s worth having a look at it. The two second-in-commands – Varadkar in the Irish Government(...)

 Officials said last night that Taoiseach Micheál Martin would visit Northern Ireland next Friday for meetings with the party leaders, including Sir Jeffrey Donaldson of the DUP. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that the Northern Ireland protocol is helping the North’s economy, and called for “pragmatism and commonsense” from (...)

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has accused the DUP of ‘punishing the public’ and ‘holding society to ransom’:  ‘The DUP have failed on day one.’ Photograph: Paul Faith

The North’s power-sharing institutions were in crisis on Friday after the DUP blocked the appointment of a speaker, leaving the Assembly unable to fun(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaking during the first day of a debate on the queen’s speech, in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/AFP via Getty Images

The UK government will offer a conditional rather than a blanket amnesty under amended plans to deal with the legacy of the Troubles, it announced on (...)

 The North’s first minister in waiting  Michelle O’Neill arrives at Stormont buildings with her Sinn Féin party members on Monday.  Photograph: Mark Marlow/EPA

Efforts to form a powersharing government in Stormont were deadlocked on Monday night after DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said his party would not go b(...)

Donegal TD Joe McHugh has announced he will retire when the current Dáil is dissolved. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh has announced that he will not contest the next general election, indicating his intention to retire from politics when the cu(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Micheál Martin doesn’t want to be “goaded” into “heightening tensions” during an election campaign in Northern Ireland, he says. So he is h(...)

Cost of fertiliser has rocketed as a result of the war in Ukraine. Photograph: Alan Betson

A further package of State support for farmers struggling with rising costs, which could be worth up to €1,000 each, is likely to be approved by the C(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin:   said that there is ‘an emerging generation that wants politics to work for them’ in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

It would be “undemocratic” if the DUP refused to form an Executive after this week’s Assembly elections in Northern Ireland, the Taoiseach, Micheál Ma(...)

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