Northern Ireland

The protocol may be Boris's greatest masterstroke

16 June 2021 4:52 pm

The jibes thrown at Boris Johnson over his unhappiness with the Northern Ireland protocol — based on the obvious observation…

Boris Johnson's Northern Ireland problem

14 June 2021 12:08 am

In an at times grouchy press conference, Boris Johnson tried to calm the row over the Northern Ireland protocol. The…

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Why this G7 summit matters more than most

12 June 2021 9:00 am

It’s risky planning a trip to the British seaside at any time of year. But if the weather forecast is…

It’s time to revisit the Northern Ireland protocol

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Britain has already seen two ‘Brexit days’ — when it formally left the EU on 31 January 2020 and the…

Joe Biden doesn't understand Northern Ireland

11 June 2021 12:38 am

Even a pessimist could be forgiven for being surprised by Joe ‘I’m Irish’ Biden’s ham-fisted intervention in the ongoing row…

Give the people what they think they want

5 June 2021 9:00 am

I have a mean streak. Perhaps my cruellest urge is to give people what they claim to want. When political…

Could Sinn Fein become the largest party in Northern Ireland?

25 May 2021 4:00 pm

In 2022, a year after its centenary, there is the chance that Northern Ireland could end up with a nationalist,…

The two halves of Ireland can’t be forced together

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Last week, Edwin Poots was elected leader of the DUP. You will have read all about him. I have. You…

What’s next for the Union?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The Union faces two simultaneous challenges in Northern Ireland and Scotland that both look set to worsen in the coming…

Portrait of the week: Covid retreats, raves resume and a £165,000 squid

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Home ‘I think we have got a good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre-plus from 21 June,’…

Who would want to replace Arlene Foster?

29 April 2021 3:06 am

Arlene Foster has announced that she will be standing down as DUP leader on the 28 May and First Minister…

Sinn Fein's hollow 'apology' for Mountbatten's murder

20 April 2021 3:14 am

Prince Philip’s death presented Sinn Fein with a particular challenge, given that the IRA murdered his beloved uncle. ‘I am…

Why Sinn Fein can't really apologise for the IRA's atrocities

19 April 2021 10:00 pm

What are we to make of Sinn Fein’s latest experiment with the language of regret when it comes to the…

The Northern Ireland Protocol is untenable

16 April 2021 11:00 pm

The process that delivered us the Northern Ireland Protocol already seems to have been rewritten in official memory. It suits…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine passports, Northern Ireland riots and a cocaine-smuggling kayaker

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Home The government sketched a scheme for a coronavirus passport, or ‘Covid status certification’, to be tried out at the…

Northern Ireland's sink estates are fertile ground for fundamentalists

9 April 2021 12:14 am

Northern Ireland is routinely voted one of the happiest places to live in the UK. A few weeks ago, a…

Is Biden turning on Brussels?

18 March 2021 6:16 am

The Joe Biden administration, headed up by a proud son of Ireland, has spent St Patrick’s Day briefing reporters in Washington…

The chilling rise of ‘IRA TikTok’

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The chilling rise of ‘IRA TikTok’

It is time to make friends with the EU

20 February 2021 9:00 am

On Monday morning, Clément Beaune, Emmanuel Macron’s Europe Minister, clipped out the section of his media interview criticising Britain’s vaccination…

The Northern Ireland protocol problem

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Ursula von der Leyen now admits that she overreacted in the EU’s vaccine row with the UK. She has spoken…

John DeLorean: man of mystery – and full-blown psychopath

30 January 2021 9:00 am

DeLorean: Back from the Future was one of those documentaries — for me at least — that takes a story…

Humiliating the IRA was a fatal mistake

14 November 2020 9:00 am

It was said that Reginald Maudling, as home secretary, once boarded a plane in Belfast and immediately requested a stiff…

Boris won't be forgiven if he caves on Brexit now

14 November 2020 9:00 am

It now looks increasingly likely that lockdown will end on 2 December, after all. The decision to impose further restrictions…

From half a shelf to a library: my life in books

17 October 2020 9:00 am

‘Yes, I will have a coffee,’ said the van driver. He’d driven down to the south of France from Devon.…

Homage to Lyra McKee — the journalist I miss most

16 May 2020 9:00 am

In the two generations since Watergate, the image of the journalist has gone from that of plucky truth-seeker to sensationalist…