Northern Ireland

The David Trimble I know (1998)

26 July 2022 4:53 am

David Trimble, Northern Ireland’s first minister from 1998 to 2002 and leader of the Ulster Unionist party from 1995 to…

The EU never understood Northern Ireland

14 June 2022 4:15 pm

At the heart of the crisis over the Protocol is its failure to deliver on its own stated aims. To…

Letters: Banning Russia’s culture only benefits Putin

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Don’t ban Russia’s culture Sir: It is uncouth, illiterate and actually beneficial to Putin when theatres, opera houses and other…

Portrait of the week: Inflation’s 40-year high, Tory MP’s rape arrest and monkeypox in Britain

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Home The annual rate of inflation, impelled by energy costs, rose to 9 per cent, its highest since 1982. Unemployment…

Letters: What happened to hymns in schools?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Disarming by default Sir: Underpinning Rod Liddle’s amusing article on use of nuclear weapons last week is the reassurance provided…

Portrait of the week: The Queen’s Speech, Sinn Fein surge and an £184m lottery win

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Home The Prince of Wales delivered the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament sitting on a throne next…

EU: normal disservice resumes

30 April 2022 9:00 am

In the past few months, relations between the UK and the EU have been the best they have been since…

Brexit’s potential is beginning to be realised

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The purpose of Brexit was to strengthen Britain’s ties with both the world beyond Europe and with Europe itself, but…

Miss Brexit? Another bust-up is looming

29 April 2022 1:52 am

In the past few months, relations between the UK and the EU have been the best they have been since…

The Northern Ireland elections could break the Union

20 April 2022 12:40 am

Belfast, Northern Ireland Phillip Brett was just nine years old the night a neighbour called to say his brother, Gavin,…

Don't prosecute Soldier F

25 March 2022 11:30 pm

Sometimes old grievances are best laid to rest. That was certainly the view of Tony Blair when his government issued…

Will Westminster ever fix the Northern Ireland protocol?

16 March 2022 2:20 am

Last night’s spat between the Foreign Office and the Treasury was hardly reassuring for Unionists. If you missed it, a…

Suchet makes Poirot sound like craft beer: Poirot and More, at Harold Pinter Theatre, reviewed

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Producers are getting jittery again. Large-scale shows look risky when a single infection can postpone an entire show. Hence Poirot…

Richard Needham takes a businesslike attitude to the Troubles

11 December 2021 9:00 am

This memoir from Sir Richard Needham, 6th Earl of Kilmorey, businessman and former Northern Ireland minister, has a frank opening:…

Could the rise of Sinn Fein lead to a united Ireland?

17 November 2021 7:22 am

The possibility of a political wing of a terrorist organisation becoming a party of government in an EU member state would…

David Frost's protocol diplomacy

13 October 2021 12:03 am

As a general rule in post-Brexit politics, when David Frost makes a public intervention on the Northern Ireland protocol, it…

When will the DUP realise the truth about the Tory Brexit strategy?

8 September 2021 11:27 pm

Are the Tories serious about getting rid of the troublesome Northern Ireland Protocol? The latest extension to the so-called grace period –…

Sinn Fein's troubling veneration of terrorists

10 August 2021 2:00 am

Sinn Fein is not a normal party. It sometimes feels impolite to point it out in the era of the…

How Boris can save Northern Ireland

28 July 2021 11:24 pm

Over the past few weeks and months, there has been plenty of focus on the Northern Ireland Brexit Protocol, and…

Northern Irish unionists are united against the protocol

22 July 2021 11:30 pm

The DUP’s departed leader Edwin Poots spoke in his valedictory interview of a ‘significant victory’ heading unionism’s way regarding its…

The Troubles amnesty and the hypocrisy of Sinn Fein

22 July 2021 6:43 pm

Predictably – and understandably – the Northern Ireland Office’s proposed amnesty for crimes relating to the Troubles has resulted in…

Boris's Brexit deal isn’t worth sacrificing Northern Ireland for

21 July 2021 11:43 pm

There will be chaos at the borders. Food will run out at the supermarkets. Travellers will face long queues, and…

Has Boris Johnson forgotten what he once said about IRA terrorists?

14 July 2021 9:23 pm

Boris Johnson’s approach to dealing with historical prosecutions in Northern Ireland has achieved that unique political feat in the Province: uniting both…

Troubles' veterans on both sides deserve immunity from prosecution

13 July 2021 8:40 pm

The recent decision by Boris Johnson’s government to put a five-year time-bar, save in exceptional circumstances, on the prosecution of British…

Portrait of the week: A bombshell by-election, Scotland bans Mancunians and China staffs its space station

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Home The government contemplated its promised Planning Bill, blamed for contributing to the astonishing victory for the Liberal Democrat Sarah…