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(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney arriving at Government Buildings, for a Cabinet meeting last week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

There is growing pessimism among senior Irish Government figures about the prospects for agreement between the British government and the EU on the No(...)

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson: the woman told him she was traumatised during the mandatory hotel quarantine process. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson made a representation to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on behalf of a constituent who complained about having to p(...)

David Frost speaks during the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Monday. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

When David Frost addressed a half-empty room at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Monday, there were almost as many European diplomat(...)

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(...)

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