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‘The obvious suspicion is the UK government finds Stormont’s fragility useful in negotiations with the European Union.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two interlocking threats to collapse Stormont came to a head this week and came to nothing, revealing how cynically and casually such threats are now (...)

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The North’s Deputy First Minister has said she expects the UK government to introduce Irish language legislation “over the course of the next week or (...)

Gerry Murphy, Ictu president, at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: Kevin Cooper

The UK government’s plans to end all Troubles-related prosecutions are “the biggest attack yet in 23 years on our peace agreement”, delegates at the I(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnsonchat with the clergy following a service to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland at Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh has said he is “sorry” church leaders “didn’t do more to become peacemakers, or at least speak peace into t(...)

A church service marking the centenary of the partition of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland will go ahead in Armagh on Thursday without t(...)

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British prime minister Boris Johnson will attend the church service in Armagh on Thursday marking the centenary of partition and Northern Ireland’s fo(...)

 Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty

Secretary of state Brandon Lewis failed to comply with his duties by not expeditiously providing full abortion services for women in Northern Ireland,(...)

Northern Ireland’s  abortion laws were liberalised in 2019 following legislation passed by Westminster at a time when devolution had collapsed. Photograph: Getty

The Secretary of State can compel Stormont to act to implement abortion legislation due to the supremacy of Parliament, the high court has heard. Pet(...)

Stormont’s Department of Health has yet to commission full services due to an impasse within the devolved administration. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Stormont has “no duty” to comply with an order from the Secretary of State to implement abortion laws in Northern Ireland, the High Court has heard. (...)

 Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis used  new powers to direct ministers in Belfast to take steps to deploy abortion services. Photograph: Handout/PRU/AFP via Getty Images

A legal challenge is to be heard to a move by the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis to press Stormont to formally roll out(...)

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