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Kevin McNamara: his arrival in the Commons following a byelection came just before the outbreak of the Troubles and for the bulk of his career it was a major focus of his concern. Photograph: PA

Former British Labour Party MP Kevin McNamara, who has died aged 82,probably did more during his long political career than any other British politici(...)

Ireland’s ambassador to Britain, Dan Mulhall,  is leaving London for Washington. Photograph: Malcolm McNally

Shortly after Patrick Hillery became minister for external affairs in 1969, a friend in Co Clare asked him how he was getting along with “that crowd i(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and   European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Anglo-Irish relations are likely to get very fraught in the absence of a shared EU space. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

It is good to see Irish concerns about the impact of Brexit being given time, thought and focus, and it was necessary and welcome for those concerns t(...)

Former DUP leader Ian Paisley. John Prescott said his phone was tapped. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is “utterly disgraceful” that the security services tapped the phone of the late Ian Paisley while he was an MP, the politician’s son has said. Fo(...)

It was always felt by some that being in Europe would help end partition and Brexit has raised the issue again

In February 1920, the British cabinet, chaired by prime minister David Lloyd George, agreed to give Ulster unionists what they sought: a Northern Irel(...)

Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86, on a  visit in 2010 to the Palestinian Legislative Council in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photograph: Abed al-Hashlamoun/EPA

Politicians from all parties have paid tribute to Labour MP Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86. Sir Gerald was one of the sharpest and most acerbic (...)

Isabelle O’Connell: a hasty late edition to Composing the Island

Enda Kenny has marshalled real political heft in support of Creative Ireland, a five-year arts development project. More importantly, the Taoiseach ha(...)

 Schoolchildren lay flowers outside the Aberfan school memorial garden to mark 50 years since the Aberfan tragedy, on October 21st, 2016 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Wales fell silent at 9.15am on Friday, exactly 50 years after 116 children and 28 adults were killed after thousands of tonnes of slurry and coal wast(...)

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. “A Corbyn-led Labour is now far closer to the values of Connolly than the current Irish Labour Party.” Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The last time British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn Ireland visited Ireland was 2009, to attend an international peace conference in Shannon organised b(...)

Steph Booth with her husband, Tony. Photograph: George Skipper

I wake up to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. Recently, I was lying in bed listening to a piece about end-of-life, palliative care. This is obvious(...)

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