• 4 Dec 2017

    UK and Ireland close to deal on NI border

    Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael government is pleased with a concession wrung out of the UK promising continued regulatory alignment on regulations between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

  • 29 Nov 2017

    The decision to double the amount Britain pays for the divorce bill now leaves the issue of the Irish border as the last remaining stumbling block preventing the EU moving on to Brexit trade talks. But those talks were threatened by the Irish government’s insistence that Britain needed to confirm in writing that there wouldn’t…

  • 4 Aug 2017

    The Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has set out his vision for Europe’s relationship with Britain after Brexit – saying the UK’s departure could affect “every single aspect of life” in Northern Ireland. Mr Varadkar was speaking on his first official visit to Belfast.

  • 28 Jun 2017

    The Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has warned of serious consequences if the Stormont political parties cannot agree a deal on restoring devolution by tomorrow afternoon’s deadline.

  • 20 Jun 2017

    DUP sources: Number 10 in ‘chaos’

    The DUP have rattled their sabres telling the UK government to get on with the deal that’s been sought to prop up Theresa May’s minority administration. They’re telling Downing Street to focus and there are probably a few things going on here. DUP sources have talked of finding Downing Street to be in chaos since…

  • 11 Jun 2017

    Michael Fallon has defended the Conservative’s proposed “accommodation” with the Democratic Unionist Party, saying any deal would only apply to big issues rather than the party’s controversial stance on social issues. But in Northern Ireland itself there are increasing concerns about what impact any deal could have on the peace process.

  • 25 May 2017

    Amid leaks of information relating to the Manchester attacks, we discuss what might be done with Michael Scheuer the former chief of the CIA’s Bin Laden tracking unit. And with Hugh Orde, the former President of the Association of Chief Police Officers who spent nearly a decade as Northern Ireland’s Chief Constable.

  • 15 May 2017

    His father was shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries in front of his family. Now, John Finucane, the son of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane, is standing as Sinn Féin’s parliamentary candidate in North Belfast. The party is confident he can take the seat from the Democratic Unionists for the first time in its history.

  • 12 May 2017

    The former prime minister Tony Blair has said a hard Irish border would be a disaster, with an agreement the best way of limiting damage after Brexit.

  • 11 May 2017

    The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has promised to work with Ireland to avoid the return of a hard border with Northern Ireland, telling a joint session of the Irish parliament that “nothing should put peace at risk.” Our Chief Correspondent Alex Thomson is in Dublin now.

  • 6 Apr 2017

    Once the Brexit negotiations actually begin, a key priority will be Northern Ireland. Today the Irish prime minister said nothing should be allowed to undermine peace and stability – with no return to the old, hard border between north and south.

  • 6 Apr 2017

    Theresa May, transitions and the Northern Ireland border

    Theresa May has been given permission by the Tory Right to embrace a full blown transition period after Brexit.

  • 28 Feb 2017

    The Unionist-Republican divide has not been so deep for a generation – and there are growing concerns that the peace process itself is being undermined.

  • 10 Jan 2017

    Ministers have appealed to nationalists and unionists in Northern Ireland to come together to avert a looming political crisis.

  • 9 Jan 2017

    Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness has resigned his post, sparking a constitutional crisis which is likely to force new elections.