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European Parliament Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt: met delegations from the DUP, Sinn Féin, SDLP, UUP and Alliance at Stormont on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt has said it is vital the peace process and the Belfast Agreement are further secured, during his(...)

Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill outside the party’s  headquarters in Belfast. The party has  rejected a DUP proposal for an an immediate restoration of the assembly in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said DUP leader Arlene Foster has made a “real effort this week” in trying to reconvene formal talks o(...)

Michelle O’Neill has written to the British and Irish governments and the NI parties proposing that talks aimed at reinstating the powersharing institutions restart next Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The British and Irish Governments are trying to create a “different dynamic” to the Stormont talks as they step up planning for the resumption of nego(...)

Leaked proposals from Theresa May’s government about plans for the Irish border under Brexit are ‘almost laughable’, says the SDLP. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

The British government has repeated that it is seeking to avoid a hard border with the Republic, ahead of the publication on Tuesday of the first of a(...)

Gerry Adams: “The Irish Government has a responsibility to defend the Remain vote.”  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

The leaders of Sinn Féin and the SDLP have supported Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s recent remarks that the Government is not going to “design a border for (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster with party colleague Simon Hamilton speaking at Stormont Castle following the failure of talks aimed at establishing a new executive. Photograph: Alan Lewis/PhotopressBelfast.co.uk

Northern Ireland’s 90 Assembly members should continue to be paid through the summer despite the collapse of the Stormont talks, the DUP and Sinn Féin(...)

Talks extended into Thursday morning but there was no breakthrough ahead of today’s deadline. Photograph: PA

The UK Government has announced negotiations to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland will be allowed to extend until Monday, despite Stormont part(...)

DUP negotiator Edwin Poots  speaks to members of the media in the grounds of Stormont Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland,  June 28th, 2017. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Intensive efforts were continuing at Stormont late on Wednesday night to break the political deadlock between Sinn Féin and the DUP ahead of Thursday’(...)

Ireland’s church leaders have appealed in an open letter to politicians involved in the Northern Ireland talks process ‘to go the extra mile’ to reach a deal. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Ireland’s church leaders have appealed in an open letter to politicians involved in the Northern Ireland talks process “to go the extra mile” and reac(...)

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly  speaking   at Stormont Castle  on Tuesday  about the  talks  to restore  the North’s Assembly. Photograph:   Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Any deal between the DUP and the Conservative party to prop up a British government led by Theresa May must not damage the political process in Northe(...)

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