Julian Smith

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Tanáiste Simon Coveney (left) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith, issue a statement outside Stormont Parliament buildings in Belfast on Thursday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Northern parties, on the back of the British and Irish governments’ New Decade, New Approach proposals, are due at Stormont at lunchtime on Saturd(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith. In June 2018, a High Court judge held there was no legal obligation on the Northern Secretary to have a defined criteria in place for holding a border poll. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

The British government has unlawfully failed to put in place a policy for holding a border poll in Northern Ireland, the British Court of Appeal heard(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Julian Smith outside Stormont parliament buildings in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The text of the agreement to restore the North’s power-sharing government has been published by the two governments, three years after the collapse of(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Julian Smith focused talks on Wednesday night on persuading the DUP and Sinn Féin to sign up to an agreement. Photograph: Presseye/PA Wire

Talks to find a resolution between Sinn Féin and the DUP  continued at Stormont on Wednesday night as the British and Irish governments sought to(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid  leaves after a cabinet meeting on Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, has not yet earmarked any “new” money for Northern Ireland at the beginning of the UK’s budget pro(...)

Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster speaks to media in the great hall of Stormont Parliament buildings in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments on Tuesday night were primed to release their best estimation of what constitutes an agreement to restore the Execut(...)

Northern Secretary Julian Smith: he met Conradh na Gaeilge to hear its demands for an Irish language Act. Photograph: Getty Images

The DUP has again sounded a warning that it will not accept an agreement to restore Stormont that has Irish language legislation unacceptable to union(...)

Ciaran Mac Giolla Bhein (centre) and other members of Irish language group Conradh na Gaeilge  speak to the media after meeting Northern Secretary  Julian Smith at Hillsborough Castle on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Members of Irish language lobby group Conradh na Gaeilge have had what they termed a “productive” meeting with Northern Secretary Julian Smith on what(...)

Handout photo issued by Sinn Féin of deputy leader Michelle O’Neill speaking to the media at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Sinn Féin/PA Wire

Differences over the Irish language between the DUP and Sinn Féin continue to be a feature of the Stormont negotiations as Dublin and London maintain (...)

The DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson, Arlene Foster and Emma Little Pengelly meet with Northern  Secretary Julian Smith  at Stormont House, Belfast. Photograph: Presseye/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments will next week publish a text of what they believe is the basis for an agreement to restore the Northern Executive a(...)

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