Michael D Higgins’s popularity means he sometimes gets away with pushing the boundaries of the presidency. Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

During the fateful RTÉ Frontline presidential debate near the end of the 2011 election campaign, one candidate – who had more or less been written off(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the graves of Italian philosopher and writer Antonio Gramsci and English poet John Keats in Rome. Photograph: Maxwells

President Michael D Higgins has stood over his decision to decline an invitation to a religious service in Northern Ireland next month on the grounds (...)

President Michael D Higgins:  The SDLP leader, Colum Eastwood, said people should “take him at his word when he says he can’t be there”.  Photograph:  Maxwells/PA

The Government offered no advice to President Michael D Higgins on whether or not he should attend a centenary church commemoration of partition and t(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the Quirinal Palace in Rome as part of his four-day visit to the Italian capital. Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

The Government offered no advice to President Michael D Higgins on whether or not he should attend a centenary church commemoration of partition and t(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood: ‘The Democratic Unionist Party has been hit by a bad opinion poll so it is threatening to bring down the very institutions of the Good Friday Agreement.’ Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The SDLP leader has called on the UK government to fast-track legislation which would help prevent the collapse of the North’s power-sharing instituti(...)

DUP councillor Paul Hamill, a former mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, was the father of two children.  Photograph: Nigel Dodds/Facebook

A 46-year-old DUP councillor has been hailed as “one of the genuinely nice guys in local politics” after he died in hospital on Tuesday. It is underst(...)

First Minister Paul Givan: he said  there was now a ‘window of opportunity’ for the UK and the EU ‘to make sure that the changes that need to be made are made’.  Photograph: Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Paul Givan faced strong warnings in the North’s Assembly on Monday about the potential consequences of his party lea(...)

European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic has declared a “victory for all” solution can be reached in the deepening crisis over the Northern I(...)

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has said his party is ready to bring  down the Northern Ireland executive if the protocol is not radically overhauled. Photograph:  Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Over the next month there is an opportunity to resolve many outstanding problems on the Northern Ireland protocol. The British government has extended(...)

A blanket of fog descends on parliament buildings in Stormont, Belfast this week. DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has threatened to collapse the Executive over the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA

The DUP leader has indicated that he intends to pull his ministers out of the Stormont Executive before November, if his demands on the Northern Irela(...)

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