British prime minister David Cameron  in the House of Commons as he argued the case for Britain to join air strikes in Syria. Photograph: AFP Photo/ Getty Images

David Cameron told MPs that attacking Islamic State in Syria would help make the United Kingdom safer, adding that the country could not outsou(...)

Arlene Foster with  Peter Robinson at the DUP conference, where her speech received a prolonged standing ovation. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Years ago, at a Fermanagh Ulster Unionist party function, a journalist from the Impartial Reporter asked a young Arlene Foster about her political amb(...)

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(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds: one of the possible contenders in the race to take over from Peter Robinson. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and speculated next leader of the party paid personal tribute to First Minister Peter Robinson at the party’s annual(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) with Nigel Dodds (left) and Arlene Foste, at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Nigel Dodds The 57-year-old MP for North Belfast is viewed as the most likely successor to Peter Robinson as DUP leader. Born in Derry and educated i(...)

 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(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson speaks about his decision to step down at Stormont Castle, November 19th, 2015. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On the cobbles outside Belfast City Hall, views among locals on the decision of Peter Robinson to stand down as First Minister ranged from apathy, kin(...)

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(...)

The late Ian Paisley and with  Martin McGuinness. His son Kyle Paisley said  after 30 years of conflict in the North it is difficult for some, in every denomination, ‘to make peace with their enemies’ but ‘you’ve got to,’. Photograph: Paul Faith/Pool/PA Wire

The son of the late former First Minister Ian Paisley has said he is not in favour of recriminalisation of homosexuality in a new interview for Irish (...)