Sign on a lamppost near Larne Port states: ‘Scrap the NI Protocol, Save the Good Friday Agreement.’ Photograph: Mark Marlow/Bloomberg

Sausages and pork pies could flow freely from Britain to Northern Ireland while checks and paperwork could be slashed under proposals due on Wednesday(...)

The challenge is to ensure that arrangements, as agreed by the UK and the EU, work – and are seen to work – in the interests of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

August was a decidedly quiet month for the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. This is no guarantee, however, that the autumn will pass without many(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary-Lou McDonald talking to the media while on a visit to Derry on Thursday. Photograph: Sinn Féin/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has defended changes to the party’s personnel in Derry during a visit to the city on Thursday, saying the party “ne(...)

In a  joint statement,  the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Primate of All Ireland Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin (above)  and four other bishops in the North  criticised politicians who have welcomed the ‘unilateral imposition’ of abortion services. File photograph: Tom Honan

Britain’s order for full abortion services to be in operation in Northern Ireland by next spring is “unjust”, “gravely disquieting” and threatens the (...)

Loyalists hold a protest against the Northern Ireland protocol at Belfast Harbour last weekend. A Westminster committee has heard calls for clearer information on the post-Brexit measure to be circulated to stop the spread of ‘community propaganda’ about it. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

Clearer information is needed on the Northern Ireland protocol so that people “don’t listen to community propaganda” but instead make an “informed cho(...)

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson (right) with Stormont’s new economy minister, Gordon Lyons. Photograph: DUP/PA Wire

Paul Givan is expected to remain as Northern Ireland’s First Minister until at least the autumn following a minor reshuffle of the DUP’s ministerial t(...)

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown: ‘You’ve got to work at Northern Ireland ... it needs time, and until you have a prime minister and a leadership that is prepared to spend that time listening to people.’ Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Fintan O’Toole: The current pandemic represents a huge global crisis and after the banking collapse of 2008 you found yourself in the middle of a very(...)

Stormont health minister Robin Swann warned the already crisis-struck health service is not equipped to deal with the “heightened levels” of demand. File photograph: iStock

The North is bracing itself for a surge in mental health needs by up to a third as a direct result of the pandemic. Describing it as one of the “grea(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: he cut his political teeth as an election agent for Enoch Powell during the 1980s. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Jeffrey Donaldson, who has emerged as frontrunner to take over the DUP leadership, cut his political teeth as an election agent for Enoch Powell durin(...)

Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill outside Parliament Buildings, Belfast, on Thursday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland Assembly has been brought back from the brink of what would have been a sixth collapse with a late-night announcement of a deal o(...)

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