Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: ‘The decision to downgrade history in our secondary schools and to make it a non-compulsory subject [at Junior Cert level] was short-sighted and quite frankly ill-considered.’ File photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has suggested British children should be compulsorily taught Irish history to combat the “sheer ignorance” in the UK exp(...)

DUP politician Sammy Wilson, who is Member of Parliament (MP) for East Antrim, speaks at the ‘Leave Means Rally’. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The DUP has continued its hard rhetoric against Theresa May’s Brexit deal, with spokesman Sammy Wilson saying that their efforts were “directed to def(...)

 Northern secretary Karen Bradley: told business leaders the draft deal was no  threat to North’s union with Britain. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

DUP leader Arlene Foster has accused the British and Irish governments of creating a “a false choice” between accepting the draft withdrawal agreement(...)

David Davis has resigned his role as Brexit Secretary in the British government. File photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

David Davis has resigned his role as Brexit secretary in the British government, in a major blow to prime minister Theresa May. Ms May is hoping to (...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May  flanked by supporters  outside Wandsworth Town hall in London after the Conservative party retained control of the council in local elections. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

Labour won more seats than all other parties combined in Thursday’s local elections, recording its best result since 1971 in London, where the Conserv(...)

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable put the kibosh on Irish fantasy. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

There is a view that the most delusional faction in the Brexit process is not, as most would see it, the noisy rump of Tory Brexiteers with their over(...)

Britain’s  Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says party is “not wedded to freedom of movement for EU citizens as a point of principle”. Photograph: Reuters

Britain’s Labour Party backs “the reasonable management of migration”, its leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday in a speech aimed at winning back mill(...)

Ignorant, narcissistic, cartoonish machismo is spreading its contagion across the world. Boris Johnson’s comparison of the EU to Hitler-style imperialism is just a case in point. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Monitoring the Brexit “debate” is a peculiar form of torture, but amid the cacophony of noise one line jumped out at the weekend: “democracy depends o(...)

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