Peter Robinson: menace, bite and presence. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

How many Ulster Unionists does it take to change a light bulb? None, the Ulster Unionist Party can’t change anything. That was Peter Robinson from his(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: ‘My successor will face the sometimes ferocious rigour of high office. It is not a task for the faint-hearted. There will be long dark nights but believe me, morning does come.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader and First Minister Peter Robinson has told his party’s annual conference his work is “almost done” and it is now time for “the next generat(...)

 Peter Robinson, with his wife Iris, after  winning back his East Belfast seat in 1987. Photograph: Pacemaker

“I’m demob happy,” says Peter Robinson, as he ushers me into his office in Stormont Castle. Three of his Civil Service staff are bantering in his oute(...)

A file image of Northern Ireland First Minister and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Peter Robinson who confirmed on Thursday he is to stand down from the role and as leader of the DUP.  Photograph: Reuters

Peter Robinson’s decision to stand down as DUP leader and First Minister is a big moment in Northern Ireland politics. It means unionism is losing its(...)

DUP Assembly member Emma Pengelly has been appointed a junior Minister in the Northern Executive. Photograph: Twitter

DUP Assembly member Emma Pengelly has been appointed a junior Minister in the Northern Executive - just four weeks after she was co-opted as the MLA f(...)

Mr Reg Empey. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The outcome of the 2015 Westminster election was a “breakthrough” for the Ulster Unionist Party opening opportunities in the period ahead, former lead(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers appointed a three-person panel last month to review the PSNI assessment of the current status of paramilitary groups. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A report into the status of the IRA and other paramilitary groups expected to be published on Thursday could be critical in determining whether the c(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness with Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams before entering talks on Monday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Why is Stormont yet again in crisis? For two reasons: over the status of the IRA following two recent killings in Belfast, and over British governmen(...)

(Left to right) Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness, Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams arrive to speak to the media at Stormont in Belfast, as talks involving Northern Ireland’s five main political parties begin.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has demanded that politicians who sought to link Sinn Féin to criminality should “put up or(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny he hopes talks to resolve the crisis at Stormont can ‘be got on track’ shortly. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he hopes talks to resolve the crisis at Stormont can “be got on track” shortly. Mr Kenny said he had been briefed on th(...)