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Constitutional conventions: best practice

How the Electoral Commission turned blind eye to DUP's shady Brexit cash

Emails reveal elections regulator was ‘concerned’ by revelations about mysterious £435,000 donation – but closed the case quickly without investigation.

Belfast is welcoming refugees with a radical new approach: speaking to them

We’re having different conversations about immigration, race and community. They are successful, and fun, and they could change the world.

The DUP’s Facebook ads for Brexit targeted voters outside Northern Ireland

Information released by Facebook shows the DUP said Brexit would be “better for our borders”.

Listen England, it is Ireland talking

Brexit is fuelled by an English nationalism as crude and self-deluded as Irish nationalism used to be. The best response is to follow Ireland's journey to an inclusive, pluralist vision of patriotism.

Foreign and 'alt-right' activists target Irish voters on Facebook ahead of abortion referendum

New data shows how social media has become a battleground in a transatlantic backlash against abortion rights for Irish women.

You are all Northern Ireland now

The post BREXIT landscape sees two rival blocs with totally different, seemingly irreconcilable national aspirations. Welcome to my world.

The Good Friday Agreement is 20 years old today - but will it last another 20?

The Good Friday Agreement transformed Northern Ireland. But sectarian divides still run deep, worsened by austerity – and now there’s Brexit.

Honourable deceptions in the choreography of the Northern Ireland Peace Process

In some situations, the end does justify the means. In these anti-political times isn't it useful to remember the positive role political actors can play in making the world a better place?

Is there a link between Cambridge Analytica and the DUP’s secret Brexit donors?

Today we reveal the close relationship between a key Cambridge Analytica backer and a senior pro-Brexit Northern Irish PR man – who has Russian friends in high places

Northern Irish party donors finally published – but source of DUP Brexit money remains secret

Firm that donated to DUP owned by Gibraltar-based businessman, prompting criticism of 'representation without taxation'.

A tribute to the fearless Laura Lee: freedom fighter for sex workers’ rights, and my friend

Laura Lee died on 7 February 2018. She was a leading activist who campaigned fearlessly for the decriminalisation of sex work in the UK.

Electoral Commission demand end to ban on publishing Northern Irish Brexit campaign donor details

MPs vote for campaign donor transparency for Northern Ireland – but exclude all major recent donations.

MPs should reject the government’s attempt to cover up for the DUP’s Brexit dark money donation

Theresa May is trying to cover-up for her scandal-prone Northern Irish allies. MPs must call her bluff.

DUP dark money cover-up: officials dismiss minister’s reassurances on Northern Ireland transparency

“No one should read a great deal into what the minister was saying.”

The Backlash podcast episode 1: women and the far right

We talk to three women who know more about the far right than most: councillor Jolene Bunting in Northern Ireland, researcher Marilyn Mayo in the US, and Akanksha Mehta at the University of Sussex.

The EU as Britain’s constitutional stabiliser?

More than it thinks, Britain may need its membership in the EU for the preservation of its national integrity and of its ancient constitutional settlement.

Refugees, displacement and moving bodies: studying loss and the language of dance

Dance offers an avenue to communicate experiences of loss (for example of refugees, expelled ethno-religious or national minorities) beyond language barriers.

Northern Ireland Electoral Commission in new bid to honour transparency laws from 2014

The government has been accused of trying to cover up for the DUP as it reverses a law which promised transparency in Northern Irish political donations from 2014.

Northern Ireland police must stop intimidating equality activists

The force can't claim to be progressive whilst cracking down on those protesting hateful conservatism and oppressive, misogynistic laws.

I'm a trans teenager in Northern Ireland, where bigotry is taught at school

While LGBTQ+ rights groups are deemed “inappropriate” for educational environments, abusive and anti-choice activists are currently welcomed with open arms.

Hiding the DUP dark money: The fraud of so-called transparency

Theresa May's government is cowering behind walls of secrecy.

Did the DUP's controversial Brexit donors break the law – by refusing to reveal the secret source of their cash?

It appears the secretive group that channelled Leave cash to Theresa May’s allies got hit with a record fine - for breaking rules on donor disclosure

UK government set to ignore Northern Ireland parties’ transparency calls

Brokenshire loses his excuse for hiding DUP’s lavish Brexit donors, but still refuses to reveal their identity

‘Substantial’ fine linked to DUP’s secret Brexit donors

Former minister demands answers on £6,000 fine, questioning legality of DUP’s mystery source of Brexit cash

Mystery deepens over secret source of Brexit 'dark money'

Only one major pro-Leave donor refuses to distance himself from controversial £435,000, which bankrolled DUP's Brexit spending spree.

On the warpath: the young women leading Ireland’s campaign against abortion

Next year Ireland will hold a referendum on its controversial eighth amendment. Articulate, millennial “pro-life feminists” are leading the charge against reproductive rights.

Growing up on the border: on Brexit’s Irish problem

People voted to take back control of the UK's borders... with little thought for what that would mean for the only actual land border.

Release details of DUP Brexit ‘dark money’, MPs tells Northern Ireland Secretary

Why is James Brokenshire colluding with the DUP to cover up Northern Irish donations between 2014 and 2017?

Meet the Scottish Tory behind the £425,000 DUP Brexit donation

Senior Scottish Conservative Richard Cook is at the centre of a major Brexit funding scandal.

DUP Donaldson can’t remember why his Brexit campaign spent more than £32,000 on controversial data analytics company linked to Trump

Was it a coincidence that different Leave campaign groups used the same obscure Canadian firm? Or was there potentially illegal co-ordination between campaigns?

Democratic Unionist Party Brexit campaign manager admits he didn’t know about its mysterious donor’s links to the Saudi intelligence service

Jeffrey Donaldson MP should have ensured that a £435,000 donation his party accepted came from a legitimate source. Did he?

Ireland, Brexit and our Disunited Kingdom

Will Brexit ultimately result in a united federal Ireland in a confederation with Scotland, in the EU – with England and Wales outside it?

Electoral Commission contradicts DUP on Brexit donor transparency

Did Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party do the checks the law requires of it before accepting a vast donation for its Brexit campaign?

The strange link between the DUP Brexit donation and a notorious Indian gun running trial

We still don’t know how key Leave campaign adverts were funded, but the one man who has been named has some surprising relationships...

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