Ireland

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin walk in the gardens at Hillsborough Castle during Johnson’s visit to Belfast on Aug. 13.

The Latest Brexit Crisis May Save Ireland’s Shaky Coalition Government

Brexit may be fatal for Dublin in the long term. But for now, it’s a boon to the country’s historic—and fragile—coalition.

A picture shows an Irish Republican Army (IRA) sniper warning sign overlooking the Bogside area of Derry in Northern Ireland on April 20, 2019.

As Brexit Talks Falter, the Risk of Violence in Ireland Is Still Alive

Despite a major crackdown, the uncertainty around the border won’t let militant republicanism go away.

John Hume sits in front of the Stormont Parliament Buildings.

John Hume Left Behind a Peaceful—but Divided—Ireland

The Nobel Peace Laureate helped bring nearly three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland to an end. But reconciliation between the country’s communities remains unrealized.

offshore tax havens coronavirus money

To Pay for the Pandemic, Dry Out the Tax Havens

Corporations and the wealthy have stashed away as much as $36 trillion in untaxed money. It's time to bring the hammer down.

A U.K. flag flies in front of Big Ben in London

Could the Pandemic Kill the United Kingdom?

Boris Johnson’s bungled coronavirus response could fuel calls for Scottish independence and Irish unification.

Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar meets with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill to discuss the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Not Even the Coronavirus Can Overcome Northern Ireland’s Divisions

Even in the face of an existential crisis, the country’s political leaders default to battles over culture and identity.

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Funding for Trump’s border wall, populism in Ireland, and a repurposed Middle East peace plan.

Sinn Fein’s Donnchadh O Laoghaire

Ireland’s Populists Are Not Really Populist

After decades of militant radicalism, Sinn Fein won last week’s elections by moving toward the mainstream.

Sinn Fein supporters sing as they hold an Irish flag during the Dublin City count.

Sinn Fein Just Upended Ireland’s Status Quo. What Comes Next?

Disgruntled Irish voters have made their voices heard, but translating that mandate into a governing coalition won’t be easy.

A resident rides a motorbike across an empty track.

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The long-term consequences of the coronavirus, a significant election takes place in Ireland, and a look at Greece’s new foreign-policy crisis.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin (left), Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar (center), and Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald take part in the final TV leaders' debate at the RTE studios.

Will Irish Elections Lead to Unification?

After Saturday’s vote, the nationalist Sinn Fein party could form parts of governments in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for the first time in history.

Protesters fly Union Jack flags and hold banners as they demonstrate outside City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 12, 2013, amid protests against City Hall's decision not to fly the Union Jack every day.

Northern Ireland Is in a Culture War. Brexit Is Making It Worse.

Nationalists and unionists are in a battle for cultural supremacy, complicating the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU.

An Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) mural in North Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Brexit Could Spark a Return to Violence in Northern Ireland

Republican and loyalist paramilitary groups are using the U.K.’s departure from the EU as political cover to reignite their once-dormant campaigns of terrorism.

Northern Ireland's new deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill (left) and First Minister Arlene Foster (right) meet with members of the British and Irish governments in Belfast, Northern Ireland, after signing a deal to restore power-sharing.

Brexit Still Looms Over Northern Ireland’s New Government

Northern Ireland’s leaders have reached a deal to restore power-sharing, but several problems remain unsolved.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald sits alongside deputy leader Michelle O’Neill, North Belfast MP John Finucane and Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew.

With Parliament Voting for Brexit, Is Irish Unification Inevitable?

Republican sentiment is rising over fears that Brexit will tank the economy, but Northern Ireland’s unionists won’t go quietly.

Members of the DUP watch on as Sinn Fein candidate John Finucane is declared the winner of the North Belfast seat over DUP candidate Nigel Dodds.

After Brexit, What’s Left for Northern Ireland’s Unionists?

Faced with growing calls for a united Ireland, Britain’s most loyal subjects look to an uncertain future.

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