Julian Smith

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British Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith and Tánaiste Simon Coveney meet with the Northern party leaders including Arlene Foster, Michelle O’Neill, Colum Eastwood, Naomi Long and Steve Aiken at Stormont House on Wednesday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The DUP and Sinn Féin should do a deal, and fast. So say both governments – and the voters of the North’s two biggest parties, to judge from the Decem(...)

 A Unison union member dressed as Santa protests at the state of the Northern Ireland health service, amid talk between political leaders at Stormont. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

A line from Jurassic Park seems apt as Northern Ireland attempts to navigate Brexit and restore Stormont in the next four weeks: we have all the probl(...)

Sweet thing: Santa delivers sweets to nurses on the picket line outside the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on Wednesday. Photograph: PA

Industrial action by healthcare workers is continuing in Northern Ireland in the wake of a strike on December 18th which brought approximately 20,000 (...)

Cancer nurses Iona McCormack (left) and Edel Coulter outside  Belfast City Hospital as nurses across Northern Ireland took part in a 12-hour strike over pay. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The North’s Secretary of State Julian Smith is to convene a health summit of party leaders later on Thursday after strike action by nurses and other h(...)

Northern Secretary Julian Smith had previously ruled out seeking additional funding for healthcare from the British government. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The North’s Health and Social Care Board has warned of “major challenges” in the provision of healthcare in Northern Ireland on Wednesday due to a str(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney with Emma DeSouza and her US born husband, Jake. Ms DeSouza has lodged a challenge to a ruling that those born in the North are automatically British citizens. Photograph: DFA /PA Wire

Renewed confidence in the citizenship and identity provisions of the Belfast Agreement is required, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tánaiste Simon Co(...)

Colum Eastwood and Clare Hannah of the SDLP with Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smith arriving for talks to restore the Northern Ireland powersharing executive at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There is a “very real window” to restore the North’s government that “all of us need to take”, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs said at t(...)

‘On Thursday the public told the DUP and Sinn Féin to get on with it. They now have a chance to do just that.’ File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

It must be difficult after such a long and bruising election campaign, particularly for the like of DUP leader Arlene Foster, for politicians to feel (...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont has been suspended for three years. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Julian Smith are to hold talks with the North’s five main parties in Belfast on Mond(...)

Copies of the London Evening Standard on Friday, with the front page reporting on the election victory of  Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party in the general election. Photograph:  Daniel Sorabji/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson has pre-empted a demand from Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon for a second independence referendum by telling her he will not a(...)

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