Northern Ireland

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…

I’m calling my removal from office ‘the great betrayal’

26 June 2021 9:00 am

I’ve always maintained I go to Fermanagh for sanity, and after the past few months, I need a return to…

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…