First Minister Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen to be dancing to the tune of Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There’s a Vladimir Putin style of macho competitive politics sometimes played within unionism. Which means that Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen t(...)

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson has carried out a significant reshuffle of DUP ministerial posts in the North’s Executive. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, DUP leader Peter Robinson, has carried out a significant reshuffle of DUP ministerial posts in the North’s Executiv(...)

David Simpson (DUP) criticised what he described as a  ‘ despicable’ attack on my family during the election campaign.

It was a campaign that “slumped to the gutter”, David Simpson declared as he retained his seat in Westminster.After a tough contest, the Democratic Un(...)

Upper Bann is one of those classic electoral triangles where whoever sells his or her message best will have the best chance of victory. It wor(...)

DUP candidate Rev William McCrea says that while not complacent he is confident of being re-elected

On the prospect of the Ulster Unionist Party securing the Westminster seat on Thursday week, the DUP’s Rev William McCrea says Danny Kinahan can “drea(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: Out every day canvassing the streets of Lisburn and towns and villages of his constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jeffrey Donaldson reckons the time may be approaching when bitter divisions that separated Ulster Unionists from Democratic Unionists could be officia(...)

The MPs decided the letters were “questionably unlawful”, had “distorted the legal process” and they cast huge doubt on Tony Blair’s claim that he had little choice but to concede the letters to keep Sinn Féin onside. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

During multiple sessions for nearly a year the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee probed and prodded ministers and officials to unear(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader James Molyneaux who has died aged 94.

Lord Molyneaux of Killead, who has died aged 94, led the Ulster Unionist Party from 1979 until 1995, a period when the British-Irish relationship was (...)

The South African government’s refusal to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to enter the country next month for a Nobel peace laureate summit has prompted a number of participants to pull out of the event in protest. Photograph: Ashwini Bhatia/AP

The South African government’s refusal to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to enter the country next month for a Nobel peace laureate summit has prompted(...)

1998 - Peace settlement talks, Stormont Castle, and the Rev Ian Paisley ..... In whose interest? Photograph: The Irish Times

It is surely ironical that the deluge of eulogies, albeit qualified, heaped upon Ian Paisley came in the same week that First Minister and DUP leader (...)