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Senior Sinn Féin negotiator Conor Murphy speaking to the media in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings in Stormont. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) expressed confidence on Thursday that a deal would be reached before January 13th to restore the Nor(...)

Talks aimed at restoring Northern Ireland’s devolved government are to resume at Stormont on Thursday. Stock photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Talks aimed at restoring Northern Ireland’s devolved government are to resume at Stormont on Thursday with less than two weeks for the parties to reac(...)

Simon Coveney: he said a Border poll in the immediate future would lead to “fear and anxiety and stress”

Tánaiste Simon Coveney says he would like to take on the challenge of leading “discussions that need to be had” about the future constitutional settle(...)

 DUP leader Arlene Foster in May 2019. The DUP has been betrayed by Boris Johnson and sidelined by his new government. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

There is an excess of schadenfreude at the moment as regards the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). “We did warn you,” is a line you hear quite frequent(...)

Northern Secretary Julian Smith has given the parties until Monday, January 13th to reach an agreement. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments are to make a concerted effort at the start of the new year to convince the North’s five main parties to quickly str(...)

Northern Secretary Julian Smith:  he and Simon Coveney have indicated that efforts to strike a deal will resume after Christmas. Photograph: Getty Images

The DUP has “flatly rejected” the suggestion that the party was responsible for the failure to reach agreement to restore the Northern Ireland Assembl(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith met the DUP on Friday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The DUP is not prepared to sign up to “quick fix” deal to restore the North’s Assembly, the MP Sammy Wilson has said. “We wanted to move forward and (...)

A  view of Stormont as cross-party talks to restore the Northern Ireland powersharing government begin, in Belfast. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The results of the Westminster election in Northern Ireland provoked a predictable chorus from commentators claiming it was a vote for a united Irelan(...)

Handout photo of Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith at Stormont in Belfast as he hosted a summit to urge Stormont’s leaders to make a series of commitments to tackle Northern Ireland’s spiralling health service crisis. Photograph: Pacemaker/PA Wire

The North’s Secretary of State has said he does not have the power to intervene to solve Northern Ireland’s health crisis and instead urged its politi(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith hosts a meeting at Stormont to urge  leaders to make commitments to tackling the North’s spiralling health service crisis. Photograph: Pacemaker/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Julian Smith and Tánaiste Simon Coveney have blamed the negative reaction of the DUP for scuppering a deal that could have restored(...)

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