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DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds at the Belfast count centre after losing his seat to Sinn Féin candidate John Finucane. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Big changes after the Westminster election in Northern Ireland. So, no surprise there. Voters were annoyed with the DUP over Brexit, and probably oth(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  ‘The island of Ireland is facing its greatest threat through Brexit.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

People in Northern Ireland have an “opportunity” in next week’s Westminster election to send a “clear message” that they want the North’s powersharing(...)

Peadar Tóibín: ‘You cannot be a left-wing political party and allow for your communities to slide into poverty and sit by idly by.’

Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín has challenged the wisdom of a Sinn Féin demand that an Irish language act must first be conceded by the DUP before the par(...)

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald (C) flanked by Northern leader Michelle O’Neill (L) and party candidates speaks at their manifesto launch in Derry on Monday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

The Westminster poll is the “election of a generation” and in terms of the contest in North Belfast, an opportunity to create a “political earthquake”(...)

Senator David Norris: ‘What has happened in Northern Ireland is quite extraordinary. The tail is wagging the dog.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government must revisit laws which allow churches discriminate against people, Senator David Norris has said. The recent removal of an organist (...)

The UK’s secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith, has shown a commendable commitment to his responsibilities since taking over the position in July. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The announcement that new talks aimed at restoring the Stormont Assembly will begin on December 16th presents a definitive test of whether the Democra(...)

The Irish language, viewed as the key issue blocking a return to Stormont, can be resolved, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said on Thursday when launching her party’s Westminster general election manifesto. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Irish language, viewed as the key issue blocking a return to Stormont, can be resolved, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said on Thursday when launchi(...)

The Northern Secretary Julian Smith has announced that new talks aimed at restoring Stormont are to begin just four days after the Westminster general election. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Northern Secretary Julian Smith has announced new talks aimed at restoring Stormont will begin just four days after the Westminster general electi(...)

 Emma DeSouza is arguing that her US-born husband, Jake, should be permitted residency in Northern Ireland under an EEA residence card, as she is an Irish citizen. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A Northern Ireland-born woman has lodged a challenge in the Court of Appeal in Belfast to a ruling that those born in the region are automatically Bri(...)

The Alliance Party and the SDLP have called for talks to restore the North’s power-sharing Assembly to take place after the UK general election. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

The window for talks to restore the North’s power-sharing Assembly is “closing rapidly” and negotiations must resume at the latest after the general e(...)

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