At least half the ballot papers cast on Saturday will not be counted beyond the number one. File photograph: Collins

Our single transferrable vote system of proportional representation – or PR-STV – is one of the most flexible and subtle systems anywhere in the (...)

Anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament: European Council president Charles Michel and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen are expected to sign the withdrawal agreement in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Hollie Adams/PA

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is set to become law on Thursday after both houses of parliament approved the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on Wednesday after(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said an election was imminent after Fine Gael lost the support of three of its TDs. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said the Taoiseach had admitted to him that he was not confident of the support of some Fine Gael members, inclu(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster leads her party MLAs back into the debating chamber in Stormont on Saturday. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Three years after its collapse the Northern Assembly was formally back in business at lunchtime on Saturday following Thursday night’s publication of (...)

Phil Hogan: “Dublin, London and Brussels need to be inclusive and careful in addressing the sensitivities of all stakeholders in Northern Ireland.” Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan is now a powerful and influential figure on the world stage, representing the interests of the 450 million people who(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan in his Leinster House office in Dublin, Friday, December 27th, 2019. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The leader of the Green Party has dismissed calls for a Border poll on the issue of a united Ireland, which he says risks being divisive and counterpr(...)

Alliance’s new MP for North Down Stephen Farry said he wanted his first formal comments in the House of Commons to be in Irish “to reflect the shared heritage of the language across all the traditions in Northern Ireland”. Photograph: HO/PRU/AFP via Getty Images

In his 36 years as a Conservative MP, Roger Gale has been called any number of things, branded a bigot for his opposition to same-sex marriage and a m(...)

Body will have to operate with a reduced board as a result of the Stormont impasse, it has emerged. Photograph: Getty

The cross-Border body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language throughout the island of Ireland will have to operate with a reduced board a(...)

Jim Shannon of the DUP celebrates topping the Strangford poll. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, has “degraded” the union, the DUP MP Jim Shannon told his supporters after comfortably retaining his seat i(...)

Suing for defamation in the Republic is considered to carry several advantages. Photograph: iStock

Dublin is better known for attracting tech companies than libel claimants. But a US self-help guru’s lawsuit against an American news site has highlig(...)

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