British  Foreign Secretary Liz Truss who now heads the UK side in the talks. Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Here we go again. Like a never-ending soap opera, the talks on the Northern Ireland protocol go on and on, with familiar story-lines, the occasional c(...)

British foreign secretary Liz Truss: ‘The EU has a clear responsibility to help fix the myriad problems caused by the protocol.’ File photograph: Getty

Britain’s foreign secretary Liz Truss will host European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic on Thursday for two days of talks aimed at breaking (...)

Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair after the Belfast Agreement is signed on April 10th, 1998. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair and former taoiseach Bertie Ahern are among participants in the Northern Ireland peace process who are set to be i(...)

Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann sys it is  not realistic to expect the health service to function properly in the absence of a powersharing administration. File photograph: PA Wire

Collapsing Stormont before the end of the Assembly term would endanger vital reforms aimed at reducing Northern Ireland’s spiralling waiting lists, No(...)

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson, with DUP MLA Deborah Erskine, speaks to the media in Enniskillen. Mr Donaldson is set to have a crunch meeting with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss next week over the Northern Ireland Protocol. Photograph: Jonathan McCambridge/PA Wire

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has welcomed a pledge from British foreign secretary Liz Truss to suspend parts of the post-Brexit deal if agreement cann(...)

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson  claims a Sinn Féin first minister would be a problem for unionists; last week he said people should not be talking about Irish unity. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

What Kate Hoey says is not terribly important. She may be the Baroness of Rathlin but in recent years highlights of her political career have included(...)

 DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has been consistent about the threat posed by the Northern Ireland protocol:  ‘The protocol threatens, not me.’  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Another week, another set of threats by the Democratic Unionist Party to collapse the Stormont Assembly and Executive, one that could leave Northern I(...)

At least one-quarter of meetings of the North-South Ministerial Council due to take place in 2021 did not go ahead because of the DUP’s stance. Photograph: Getty

At least a quarter of meetings of the North-South Ministerial Council that were due to take place last year did not go ahead because of a DUP boycott.(...)

  Jeffrey Donaldson: the DUP leader  was scarcely believed when he first threatened to walk out over the protocol last September, and the threat has only become less plausible since. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Paul Givan, the DUP First Minister, has been widely condemned for saying it is “inevitable” Stormont will collapse if the Northern Ireland protocol do(...)

First Minister Paul Givan insisted the DUP’s aim is to secure an outcome that ‘works for everybody’. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

It is “inevitable” that Stormont will collapse if issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol are not resolved, the North’s First Minister Paul Givan (...)

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