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The atmosphere in Westminster fuels the DUP sense of paranoia and its conviction that Northern Ireland is being treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Northern Ireland is changing, and quickly. Despite the presence of several seats of learning here I continue to be surprised at the absence of any ser(...)

The latest volume of official documents on Irish foreign policy reveal the suspicion Ulster Unionists had of Dublin’s intentions 60 years ago when then Taoiseach Sean Lemass (left) proposed greater trade cooperation between North and South for mutual benefit. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The latest volume of official documents on Irish foreign policy published yesterday reveals just how much has changed over the past 60 years but also (...)

 British ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow  was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry amid escalating tension over the alleged poisoning case. Photograph: EPA/Yuri  Kochetkov

As Tuesday night’s deadline approached, nobody in Westminster expected Russia to offer any explanation of last week’s attack in Salisbury that would s(...)

Bake that: Roisin Conaty, Harry Hill, Bill Turnbull and Martin Kemp in  The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer, which has always been on Channel 4

The Great British Bake Off has always been on Channel 4. Some people remember it otherwise, but I have very fond memories of the early days in 2010. I(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and members of her front bench react as Labour  leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. Photograph:  PA Wire

Lodged between last year’s general election and next year’s scheduled exit from the EU, 2018 might serve as a breather for British politics. Unless Th(...)

Michael Collins in London during treaty negotiations in  October 1921. Collins, the first and last Irish politician to sign up to a hard border. Photograph: Hulton Archive

I’d heard of Michael Collins before I moved to Ireland through my Irish grandmother who, with a father from Clonakilty, was convinced she was related (...)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his keynote speech during the Labour Party conference in Brighton. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Jim Callaghan would have had some sympathy for Theresa May as she struggled with her croaky voice and the prankster handing her a mock P45. Back in 19(...)

Martin Bell said the advent of the internet meant foreign news was being downgraded because it was “not a ratings winner”. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty

With the world living through the most dangerous time since the Cuban missile crisis, now is “no time for soft news, the fluff and forth of journalism(...)

Rock-hard Brexit: Theresa May’s legacy will be the lessons learned when you adopt the ideology of Nigel Farage. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

It is tempting but wrong to describe the political chaos in the UK as unprecedented. In 1974, for example, Prime Minister Ted Heath called a general e(...)

Undated picture of Ian Paisley.

For more than three decades, the Democratic Unionist Party, now poised to be Theresa May’s “little helper” in government was a party of protest for ma(...)

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