DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader  Nigel Dodds. Foster said any solution for the Border, notably the backstop which she opposes, must command the support of both communities in the North. Photograph: by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Central to the discussions on Brexit and the backstop these days is Boris Johnson’s repeated insistence that the latter is inherently “anti-democratic(...)

Arlene Foster, DUP leader and Nigel Dodds (DUP) leave Downing Street following talks with Boris Johnson on Tuesday. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has rejected proposals for a Northern Ireland-only backstop amid speculation at Westminster that Boris Johnson is (...)

DUP MP Sammy Wilson: ‘We don’t feel we are alone on this. There will always be a residual, albeit not very many, but 30 or 40 within the Conservative Party, who would say: ‘We draw a line on that’.’ Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty

Boris Johnson would face “sizable” internal Tory opposition to a Northern Ireland-only backstop even if his party did not require unionist support aft(...)

Jim Wells (right) shakes the hand of an unidentified man at Stormont following Wells’s resignation as Northern Ireland Executive Health Minister on April 27th, 2015 in Belfast. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Jim Wells won’t be watching Strictly Come Dancing again. The show is “wonderful”, says the South Down Member of the Legislative Assembly, but when the(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has played down suggestions that whoever wins the Tory leadership contest and becomes British (...)

Jim Allister: he said changes to the North’s abortion and same-sex marriage law “should never have been accepted”. Photograph: Getty Images

House of Commons MPs have voted by 328 to 65 to make abortion legal in the North if the Northern Ireland assembly and executive are not back in place (...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin with anti-abortion activists at the Rally for Life in Dublin on July 6th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Westminster has acted “in an unprecedented way” in its bid to introduce abortion in Northern Ireland, which will have “a devastating impact” on the ri(...)

The House of Commons bill will bypass the closed Stormont Assembly to  liberalise abortion law in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Baroness Nuala O’Loan and former Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Robin Eames have called on Theresa May to either scrap the Northern Ireland bill(...)

Labour MP Stella Creasy is to table an amendment to the NI (Executive Formation) Bill seeking to extend access to abortion to Northern Ireland. File photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

A Catholic bishop in Northern Ireland has called on people there to contact their MPs “urgently” to oppose an attempt in the House of Commons on Monda(...)

The newspaper was invented to provide commuters with a physical and symbolic barrier between themselves and the embarrassing bus lunatic. Photograph: Bettmann Archive

It’s safe to get back on the bus in Northern Ireland. A campaign aimed at cracking the social cocoon that urban dwellers so savour is in its dying sta(...)

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