‘Protocol pragmatism is the only sustainable common ground for everyone on this island.’

Only one in eight unionists say the Northern Ireland protocol is the most important political issue to them. Four in 10 would accept the European Unio(...)

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson: ‘I think it is unfortunate the EU is ramping up the rhetoric, is talking about contingency plans, is talking about the possibility of a trade war.’ Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has said it is “unlikely” the UK and EU will reach agreement over the Northern Ireland protocol and he therefore expe(...)

DUP leader  Jeffrey Donaldson said the EU should  recognise that the ‘protocol and its Irish Sea Border is causing economic harm and undermining stability in Northern Ireland’. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Jeffrey Donaldson has urged the European Union to put Northern Ireland’s interests first “rather than acting out of selfish interest”. The Democrati(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking during the party ardfheis at the Helix in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Damien Storan/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s ardfheis was replete with the sounds and symbols of a familiar genre: loud denunciations of government policies, promises of solutions to (...)

‘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 (...)

In the event of a united Ireland, Sinn Féin indicated its support for marking the loyalist occasion of the Twelfth as a  holiday. File photograph: PA

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she supports making July 12th a public holiday in a united Ireland. Responding to a question from the au(...)

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(...)

DUP Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots did not participate in two planned virtual meetings with Irish ministerial counterparts on environmental issues on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A legal challenge against a DUP boycott of North-South political structures returned to the High Court in Belfast on Friday. Businessman Sean Napier (...)

British government wants ‘intensive talks’ to follow the EU’s proposals. Photograph:  Rob Pinney/Getty

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said all the discussions he has had with British prime minister Boris Johnson about the Brexit protocol have concerned “s(...)

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