Cathal Mac Coille: Like it or not, the Northern Ireland protocol is the only realistic option

British bad faith puts Ireland in a difficult, but not hopeless, position, and the case for a cooperative approach to the North remains as strong as ever

Boris Johnson: the British prime minister could have avoided an unnecessary quarrel with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol

There is an honest, effective statement Boris Johnson could have made about problems in applying the Northern Ireland protocol. If the British prime minister really wished to avoid picking an unnecessary quarrel with the EU and raising tensions in the North, he could have made a speech that cooled things down, rather than inflamed tensions.

He could have said that the application of the protocol is causing unnecessary difficulties which must be resolved without unnecessary ...