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Across the divide in Northern Ireland

No actor could act – and no writer could script – the charming but poignant scene when two 17-year-olds from either side of divided County Derry in Northern Ireland switch school uniforms and behold themselves, and each other, in a mirror.<p>The gesture is simple and effervescent, but utterly …

Addressing Northern Ireland’s inequality is the key to a better future

Inequality means too many people across the UK are still denied the chance of a better life. Nowhere is this more evident than in Northern Ireland, where a typical employee has the lowest gross weekly earnings of any UK region, and has seen wages fall for the second year in a row. Northern Ireland …

Northern Ireland parties reach breakthrough in talks

Northern Ireland’s political parties have reached a breakthrough in talks aimed at saving the power-sharing executive in Belfast and dealing with controversies hanging over from the peace process.<p>The five unionist and nationalist parties have agreed on a position paper on welfare reform that …

Northern Ireland parties agree £2bn deal to secure power-sharing

Northern Ireland,Northern Irish politics,UK news,Peter Robinson,Politics,Ulster Unionist Party (UUP),Democratic Unionist party (DUP),Sinn Féin,SDLP,Ireland,Theresa Villiers,Europe,World news<p>First minister calls deal ‘monumental’ with cash to ease welfare reforms that could create 60,000 jobs and …

Northern Ireland’s equality tsar: equal treatment is an article of faith

Michael Wardlow on how a rise in racism has made anti-discrimination legislation more vital now than ever in Northern Ireland<p>There is a badge on Michael Wardlow’s suit that contradicts the image his critics paint of him as someone promoting an anti-Christian, aggressively secularist agenda in …

European court says 12-day detention of Northern Ireland suspects was lawful

European court of human rights,Northern Ireland,UK security and counter-terrorism,Human rights,Law,UK news<p>Human rights court dismisses challenges by Colin Duffy, Gabriel Magee and Teresa Magee, who were held under anti-terrorism legislation in 2009<p>Three suspects who were held for 12 days in …

The ‘gay cake’ ruling is a victory for equality in Northern Ireland | Joshua Rozenberg

The ruling against a Christian-owned bakery that refused to make a pro gay-marriage cake rightly shows public services must not discriminate<p>The Christian Institute, which funded Ashers Baking Company in the “gay cake” case, is “deeply disappointed” at losing. I’m not surprised. There is nothing …

The moral of the gay wedding cake row: the law can’t create tolerance | Simon Jenkins

This tale of patisserie and prejudice is a grim comment on Britain’s long and incompetent custodianship of Northern Ireland<p>A Christian walks into a Muslim sign writer’s shop and orders a placard. He says it should carry a cartoon of the prophet and the slogan Muslims Go Home. The sign writer is …

Gerry Adams and other Sinn Féin officials to attend Prince Charles visit

Republican party chief says both sides suffered during Troubles, but royal trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland is a chance ‘to promote reconciliation’<p>Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams, has confirmed that his party members will attend events connected to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s …

Feminists don't care if you like hot pink, eat salads or shave your crotch | Jessica Valenti

There is no grand feminist overlord policing women’s personal choices. But if you need to declare yourself a “hot feminist”, you might be stuck in the past<p>Women around the world will be treated to such an extraordinary feat of feminism in 2016 that they’ll scarcely know what to do with it. No, I’m …

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