From left, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis, Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State for Northern Ireland Robin Walker

Simon Coveney has warned that it will be a “problem” if the kind of “radical changes” Downing Street says are needed to the post-Brexit deal on Northe(...)

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Everyone is exhausted with the DUP’s drama, including the DUP. Newly crowned leader Jeffrey Donaldson is benefiting from a peace process-type moment o(...)

The Taoiseach said he would not ‘weaponise’ the Irish language. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Politics in the North should reflect the “basic concerns” of the public for “bread and butter issues” including the restoration of health services, ac(...)

 Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has defended the Northern Ireland protocol. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has warned the incoming DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson that it would be a “huge error” to attempt to collapse powe(...)

In The News is presented by reporters Conor Pope and Sorcha Pollak

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has a new leader for the second time in less than a month. This time it is Jeffrey Donaldson who has been selected(...)

In contrast to Edwin Poots’s inaugural statement as leader last month, which neglected even to mention the North’s non-unionist population, Jeffrey Donaldson wisely struck an inclusive tone by speaking of a Northern Ireland that would embrace those “of all identities and none.” Photograph: Leah Farrell/

The Edwin Poots era – all five weeks of it – will end this weekend with the formal ratification of Jeffrey Donaldson as the new leader of the Democrat(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: his election as DUP leader will now be ratified. File photograph: The Irish Times

Incoming DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson is to speak to UK prime minister Boris Johnson about unionist opposition to the Northern Ireland protocol “at t(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson joined the UDR and the Orange Order – he is a former assistant grand master – and the Young Unionists. One of his earliest roles was as Enoch Powell’s constituency agent. Photograph: PA

Incoming DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson wasted no time in getting stuck into his to-do list on Tuesday. Forwarded an image of the weather-beaten door (...)

EU rules prohibit importation of chilled meats from outside the EU, thus preventing the importation of sausage and other chilled meats to the North from the rest of the UK. Photograph: PA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has pressed European Union leaders to grant an extension to the grace period from EU regulations governing the importation of(...)

Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast. The North’s Minister for Justice has condemned a ‘chilling’ threat from loyalist paramilitaries. File photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

The North’s Minister for Justice has condemned the “chilling” threat from loyalist paramilitaries that Irish Government Ministers and officials are no(...)

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