UK Brexit minister David Frost: ‘Without an agreed solution soon, we will need to act, using the Article 16 safeguard mechanism, to address the impact the protocol is having on Northern Ireland.’ Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Brexit minister David Frost has repeated his threat to unilaterally suspend parts of the Northern Ireland protocol by triggering Article 16 unless the(...)

Northern secretary Brandon Lewis giving a media interview at  the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

The European Union cannot just do away with the Northern Ireland protocol as it fulfils a vital role in minimising disruption on the island of Ireland(...)

The problem with declaring war on geography is that the enemy has all the big battalions on its side, including Britain’s long-established inability to feed itself. Photograph: iStock

Britain’s last crusade against an abstract noun – the so-called war on terror – has ended in triumph in Afghanistan. So it is now time to pour the tro(...)

 DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson: the party is   so compromised by Brexit that the tiny TUV can use the pan-unionist tactic against it. Photograph: Getty Images

Under the leadership of Ian Paisley and his deputy and successor Peter Robinson, the DUP repeated the same tactic for decades. Whenever it faced a se(...)

‘Unionism stands united in opposing the protocol’Jeffrey Donaldson said. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

The leaders of the four largest unionist parties in the North have released a joint declaration reaffirming their opposition to the Northern Ireland p(...)

Fine Gael’s European affairs spokesman, Neale Richmond: the Northern Ireland protocol “isn’t going anywhere”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Guarantees in the Belfast Agreement have “been ripped up” by the Northern Ireland protocol, according to Democratic Unionist Party leader Jeffrey Dona(...)

 Jeffrey Donaldson: ‘I don’t see it as mutually exclusive to be Irish and British, or Northern Irish and British.’ Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The DUP leader on powersharing, Brexit, being British and Irish and which sports teams he chooses to support Jeffrey Donaldson’s family has(...)

President Michael D Higgins. In February he  condemned journalists and academics for ‘feigned amnesia’ over British imperialism as the key shaper of Irish history. Photograph: Getty Images

The four main churches say they only found out through the media last week that President Higgins will not be attending their Northern Ireland centena(...)

Michael D Higgins’s popularity means he sometimes gets away with pushing the boundaries of the presidency. Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

During the fateful RTÉ Frontline presidential debate near the end of the 2011 election campaign, one candidate – who had more or less been written off(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the graves of Italian philosopher and writer Antonio Gramsci and English poet John Keats in Rome. Photograph: Maxwells

President Michael D Higgins has stood over his decision to decline an invitation to a religious service in Northern Ireland next month on the grounds (...)

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