Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: ‘I have to emphasise that the only sustainable solutions are joint solutions, not unilateral action that would bring us nowhere.’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Northern Ireland faces a “turbulent few months” as the countdown to Assembly elections has begun and with “unease” within unionism about the Brexit pr(...)

DUP leader Edwin Poots. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The new DUP leader Edwin Poots could announce his ministerial team as early as Tuesday, in a move that may trigger a crisis at Stormont. There has be(...)

Anton Thompson McCormick above the beach at Ballycastle. As a teenager he had heard Iris Robinson, then the chair of Stormont’s health committee, on BBC Radio Ulster, declaring that her Christian beliefs told her that homosexuality was “an abomination”.

“It’s a limed nest, this place, I see a plain Presbyterian grace sour, then harden, As a free strenuous spirit changes To a servile defiance.../...it (...)

John  Hume: he is  the only person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Martin Luther King Jnr Nonviolent Peace Prize and the Mahatma Ghandi Peace Prize.  Photograph: Getty Images

The family of the late John Hume is to donate his three peace prizes to the people of Derry. The Hume family is to give the awards to Derry City and(...)

Arthur Griffith arriving at the Mansion House in Dublin on July 11th, 1921 after the truce is declared. Photograph: The National Museum of Ireland

What happened in 1921 in Ireland? A lot is the short answer. The two jurisdictions on this island which are now the Republic of Ireland and Northern(...)

New DUP leader Edwin Poot. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Irish women from the Protestant community have described the election of Edwin Poots as the de facto leader of unionism, as “very worrying” a(...)

The North’s health minister Robin Swann (left)  and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. Photographs:  Kelvin Boyes/PA Wire and Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The North’s Minister for Health has criticised his counterpart in the Republic for failing to meet him to discuss concerns around cross-Border and int(...)

Ulster Unionist Party’s new leader Doug Beattie: “Clearly I’m British as well but my whole life I’ve identified as Irish.”  Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

In his constituency office in Portadown, Co Armagh, the new leader of the Ulster Unionist Party has a portrait of the queen, plenty of military memora(...)

New DUP leader Edwin Poots  at the party’s offices in Stormont. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A new poll has seen support for the DUP slump to just 16 per cent, posing a major challenge for incoming leader Edwin Poots. Sinn Fein is by far the(...)

Doug Beattie, the UUP’s fifth leader in nine years, has a daunting task ahead of him, though the UUP’s decline in recent years has at least adjusted expectations. File photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The two parties that have dominated unionism in Northern Ireland for decades have replaced their leaders in the past week. The new figureheads embody (...)

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