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First Minister Arlene Foster (R) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill during a media briefing  in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, on Thursday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The coronavirus lockdown restrictions in force in Northern Ireland are to be extended until at least March 5th. The North’s Ministers agreed to a fu(...)

The relatives urge Micheál Martin and Boris Johnson to “immediately turn your attention to this matter and fulfil the commitment ... that the Stormont House Agreement be implemented in full without further prevarication or delay.”  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Some 3,500 relatives of people killed during the Troubles have signed an open letter calling on the Taoiseach and the UK prime minister to ensure that(...)

The first of the so-called grace periods – which limits the amount of bureaucracy applied some goods travelling from Britain to Northern Ireland, such as those going to supermarkets – is due to end on March 31st. Photograph: PA

The North is facing an “abyss” once the Brexit “grace period” on imports from Britain ends unless action is taken, one of its major haulage companies (...)

 MLAs on the Stormont education committee wre addressed by teaching unions at Parliament Buildings.  File photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Members of the British military are to be brought in to the North’s hospitals to help under-pressure healthcare workers caring for patients with Covid(...)

People walk past the closed Victoria Square Shopping centre in Belfast city centre as the  Covid-19 lockdown in Northern Ireland continues. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Whoever favours keeping Northern Ireland in union with Great Britain, or prefers a united Ireland, needs to prepare for a referendum in the North on t(...)

All visitors from Britain and South Africa will have to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test to enter the State. File photograph: Getty

Visitors from Britain or South Africa from Saturday will face fines of €2,500 or six months’ imprisonment on prosecution if they fail to present a neg(...)

While New Year’s Ever  passed off quietly for most with empty streets across Northern Ireland, police were busy responding to 1,004 calls. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland has recorded a further 3,576 coronavirus cases within the last 48 hours. Another 26 people have died with Covid-19, the Department o(...)

 Fountain Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is  under a six-week lockdown.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Of all the stories from this week’s release of state papers, one stands out fresh across the decades. In 1997, US diplomat Martha Pope, the senior ai(...)

Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast. ‘Most unionists will be quietly relieved that, despite everything, Northern Ireland is still in the UK.’ File photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Unionism begins 2021 – Northern Ireland’s centenary – with a problem: a problem built upon an irony. The main plank of the pro-union argument has been(...)

Orangemen on parade  in Portadown in 1999. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The Orange Order suggested a new commission intended to rule on contentious marches in Northern Ireland could be given a role in monitoring traffic ar(...)

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