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Seamus Mallon in 1998, when he was deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One of Northern Ireland’s most prominent nationalist politicians, Seamus Mallon was at the heart of the Social Democratic and Labour Party for three d(...)

Theresa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington: described latest negotiating session as positive and productive. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Britain’s Conservative government and Labour have discussed the prospect of a second referendum in talks aimed at finding a common approach to Brexit,(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visiting the Sikh Temple in  Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, on Sunday, the day after the centenary of the Amritsar massacres in 1919. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Britain would have a “meaningful” say in future European trade deals if it chooses to enter a customs union with the EU, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sa(...)

Rutger Bregman argues for a 15-hour working week, a world without borders and a basic salary for every citizen. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

First, Rutger Bregman came for the globalists. In late January at Davos, the Swiss resort where the world’s political and financial elites gather eac(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron: wants an expansion of EU powers in exactly the kind of way that makes many Europeans feel alienated.  Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP

Humility is not Emmanuel Macron’s defining characteristic. He has an approval rating of about 34 per cent in France, which is 10 per cent lower than D(...)

British Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell has  said it would be common practice to see MPs whipped to support party policy, but said he understood the difficulties such a decision could pose for MPs in pro-Leave constituencies. File photograph: Getty Images

Britain’s Labour party will whip its MPs to back a second Brexit referendum rather than offer a free vote, its shadow chancellor John McDonnell, has s(...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “I think the news of the death of Europe at the hand of populism has been greatly exaggerated.”  Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti

Matteo Renzi’s office, in a 16th-century Roman palazzo opposite Italy’s senate, is incongruously decorated with mementos of his time as a jet-setting (...)

Seán Murray, who directed ‘Unquiet Graves: the Story of the Glennane Gang’, with actor Stephen Rea who narrates the documentary about the loyalist paramilitary group believed responsible for more than 120 killings in the early to mid 1970s.

A former RUC officer has alleged that British intelligence tried to persuade the Ulster Volunteer Force to attack a Catholic primary school in Co Arma(...)

Chuka Umunna speaking at the Independent Group launch in London. Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

As they faced the press in a small, overcrowded room across the river from Westminster, the seven MPs leaving Labour discouraged any comparison with t(...)

John Downey arrives for an extradition hearing in Dublin. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

A high-profile former garda has been accused in the High Court of helping UK police to “fabricate” evidence against alleged IRA bomber John Downey. (...)

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