Julian Smith

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Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, at party headquarters in east Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has called for the resumption of negotiations with Sinn Féin after the British general election in a bid to break the Stormon(...)

A Stormont deal by Easter is entering the realms of plausibility, yet for that very reason there will be carte blanche to extend the deadline again. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

At the British-Irish Council meeting in Dublin last Thursday, Northern Secretary Julian Smith said if Stormont is not restored by the statutory talks (...)

Simon Coveney: Border poll not appropriate at this difficult time.

Sinn Féin calls for a Border poll within five years have been rejected by Tánaiste Simon Coveney. The Tánaiste warned that such a vote would com(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald giving her keynote speech during her party’s ardfheis in Derry on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Northern command of Sinn Féin, so to speak, was in good shape at the weekend, even if their comrades south of the Border weren’t quite so confiden(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Northern Secretary Julian Smith at the British-Irish Council meeting at Farmleigh in Dublin. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland will face new elections to the Stormont assembly if the parties do not agree to reform the assembly and the power-sharing executive (...)

Leo Varadkar lays wreath at Enniskillen memorial. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar travelled to Enniskillen in Co Fermanagh on Sunday to join DUP leader Arlene Foster and hundreds more in marking Remembranc(...)

Northern  secretary Julian Smith  before the Northern Ireland affairs select committee in the House of Commons. Photograph: PA Wire

Unionist MPs have branded the British government’s approach to the North in Brexit talks as “despicable” and a “betrayal”. In his first appearance be(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster speaks to reporters after a meeting of   the Stormont Assembly on Monday ahead of changes to laws on abortion  and gay marriage  in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Cabinet Ministers have been warned to be mindful of DUP sensitivities in light of the party’s opposition to the revised Brexit deal, as well as change(...)

Secretary of state for exiting the European Union Steve Barclay: said goods shipped from Northern Ireland to Great Britain would have to be accompanied by an “exit summary declaration” under EU customs rules. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty

The DUP has accused the British government of breaking its promise to maintain unfettered access after Brexit for Northern Ireland to the British mark(...)

Emma DeSouza and her US born husband Jake.Ms DeSouza is considering further legal action. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An Irish woman who lost a ruling identifying her as British by birth under UK law is exploring whether she can lodge a complaint to the UN over a brea(...)

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