European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: London’s priority is to negotiate a future relationship with the EU allowing it to trade freely without any borders. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Ostensibly, the Irish protocol to the EU’s draft Withdrawal Agreement is simply about honouring – or “operationalising” in legal language – the UK’s p(...)

Jim Clerkin joined Co-operatoin Ireland when still working in Ireland in 1994 and founded a chapter on the US west coast in San Francisco three years later. Photograph:  Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet and Chandon

Jim Clerkin wants to put an organisation he heads out of business. The chief executive of Moët Hennessy North America chairs Co-operation Ireland US, (...)

New Sinn Féin leader speaks at a special ard fheis on Saturday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TDs will not be allowed a conscience vote on abortion and anyone who deviates from the party line will be disciplined, the party’s new leade(...)

Dubliner and campaigner Laura Lee, who has died suddenly. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Tributes have been paid to Dublin woman Laura Lee, a prominent campaigner for the rights of sex workers, following her sudden death. Ms Lee, who was(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Sinn Féin “have tried to change the narrative of what happened”.

The Sinn Féin leadership needs to be far more honest about atrocities committed by the IRA during the troubles in the North, according to Fianna Fáil (...)

The arrival of new Northern Secretary Karen Bradley in Belfast yesterday, just two days after her appointment, was a positive sign that she is interes(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May is welcomed by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

With the signing off on Friday by the UK and the European Commission on a joint summary of the Brexit divorce talks for approval at next week’s summit(...)

Businessman Pat Donaghy (centre) beside Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams listens at a fund-raiser for the party in New York in 1999. Photograph: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Friends of Sinn Féin, the party’s US-based fundraising arm, raised more than $102,000 (€86,000) from donors in the six months to the end of the Octobe(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire. File Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

Making progress on the Irish border is essential in moving Brexit negotiations to the next phase, NI Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said. (...)

Members and supporters of Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse  demonstrate against the lack of compensation for victims of institutional abuse, outside Stormont, in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Victims of historical child abuse have urged Northern Ireland’s politicians to release compensation which has been blocked due to Stormont’s collapse,(...)

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