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Blockades known as ‘dragon’s teeth’ sit by the side of a Border crossing. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The contentious backstop solution to avoid a hard Irish border after Brexit is pushing Northern Ireland towards “extreme unionism”, an Ulster Unionist(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster (centre) with Diane Dodds MEP and Nigel Dodds MP after meeting  Leo Varadkar at the Irish Government residence in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended European Council president Donald Tusk over his comments about there being “a special place in hell” for those who(...)

British Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay has said the British government would accept an amendment from a Tory MP aimed at limiting the duration of the backstop Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland politicians have reacted sceptically or guardedly to a proposed amendment that would purport to place a time limit on the backstop de(...)

Arlene Foster: “There were solutions out there but unfortunately that was not the attitude that came from either the Irish Government or the European Union.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

DUP leader Arlene Foster has accused the Irish Government of being the aggressor in the Brexit negotiations while warning there would be “consequences(...)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald:  these past few days she has been less than sure-footed on a key and highly sensitive issue. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

When “you’re explaining you’re losing” is a Ronald Reagan phrase Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald will be familiar with, and in recent days she h(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tánaiste Simon Coveney is “hugely disappointed” by the DUP’s decision to withdraw from negotiations to restore the Northern institutions but says ther(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said people in the North should be afforded the same rights as citizens of the Republic and the rest of the UK. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The British and Irish governments and the Northern Ireland parties return to Stormont on Wednesday for what Sinn Féin has described as a “short, sharp(...)

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill holds a press conference at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 16, 2017. See PA story POLITICS . Photo credit should read: David Young/PA Wire

The DUP has described the British government’s proposals to manage the North-South border after Brexit as “constructive”. It has also welcomed its co(...)

Robin Swann: he will be formally ratified as Mr Nesbitt’s successor by the UUP ruling council  on April 8th

North Antrim MLA Robin Swann is to be the next leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP). The 45-year-old UUP chief whip was the only candidate to p(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the count centre in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on Friday. The DUP’s seat tally dropped from 38 to 28 in the Assembly election, while Sinn Féin won 27. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Senior DUP politicians are standing by their leader Arlene Foster despite Sinn Féin narrowing the gap between the two parties to just one seat in the (...)

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