Ireland

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.

Motorists pass an anti-Brexit Irish Unity banner as they drive in Dundalk, Ireland on Oct. 16, 2019.

Will Brexit Stumble Over Northern Ireland Again?

The Democratic Unionist Party’s statement on the latest deal with the European Union.

A man walks past a mural marking unionist territory in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on May 4, 2016.

Northern Irish Politics Are Broken

The Good Friday Agreement is crumbling, and an Irish backstop may not be enough to save it.

Members of the anti-Brexit campaign group Border Communities Against Brexit, dressed up as British Army Soldiers and Customs officials, pose with a wall installed on a road crossing the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, during a demonstration in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 26.

Brexiteers Bear All the Blame for the Irish Border Impasse

The European Union and Ireland are trying to preserve Northern Ireland’s fragile stability. The British government is playing with fire.

Cows stand under a sign for a disused Irish border vehicle registration and customs office outside Dundalk, Ireland on Nov. 14, 2018 near the Northern Irish border.

Don’t Blame Boris for the Brexit Backstop Impasse

Britain’s Conservatives and their Democratic Unionist Party allies aren’t the only obstacles to a deal. The EU and the Irish government are also being needlessly stubborn.

The group “Border Communities Against Brexit” holds an anti-Brexit demonstration near the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 26.

Will Brexit Be the End of the United Kingdom?

The prospect of a hard border is making many Irish on both sides wonder if they’d be better off together.

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, and Rory Stewart participate in a televised Conservative Party leadership debate on June 18 in London.

Brexit Is for Boys

Since 2016, the campaign to leave the European Union has been led primarily by men. The remaining candidates for prime minister are all male—and they're not talking about the grave consequences of Brexit for women.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland, United States President Donald J. Trump, and first lady Melania Trump pose with a bowl of shamrocks presented by Varadkar to Trump on March 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

The Emerald Isle Has Friends On Both Sides of the Aisle

Bipartisan support of Ireland in the United States is stronger than ever, Dublin’s ambassador writes.

A pipes and drum band marches during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston on March 17, 2019.

Trump Bends Over to Kiss the Blarney State

The relationship between the United States and Ireland is pure bunkum. That suits both sides fine.

“Yes” campaigners wait for the official result in the Irish referendum vote to overturn the country’s abortion ban at Dublin Castle in Dublin on May 26, 2018.

The Referendum That Changed Ireland

On the podcast: A look back at the vote in Ireland that ended the abortion ban.

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