Hillary Clinton: her aide Sidney Blumenthal questioned the Tory leader’s talks on an election pact with the UUP and questioned whether he supported the February 2010 power-sharing deal in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

David Cameron was accused of “threatening recklessly to destroy a generation of work” by a close adviser to Hillary Clinton when he met union(...)

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(...)

Northern Ireland’s finance minister Arlene Foster: did not make any comment in her speech as to whether she will seek the First Minister post. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Those in the “terrorist business” should get out of it or be put out of it, the North’s Minister of Finance and prospective next First Minister Arlene(...)

Peter Robinson: A one-time head of the Northern Ireland civil service described him as “somewhat scary.”Photo : Brian Lawless/PA Wire

During his four decades in Northern Ireland politics, Peter Robinson was seen as a cold fish rather than a people person, a figure who unlike his long(...)

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(...)

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(...)

SDLP deputy leader Fearghal McKinney (right): “Sinn Féin is doing Tory austerity – and in spades”. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Sinn Féin has been attacked in the Northern Assembly for supporting a motion handing over responsibility for welfare cuts to Westminster rather than t(...)

Fianna Fáil candidate Paschal Mooney: said he was glad the parties in the North had seen a little bit of reality. Photograph: Collins

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan has warned against exaggerating the significance of the new Stormont deal. He said he would give it a cautious we(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson (right) speaks alongside Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland Assembly members have began the business of bringing some normality to Stormont politics following the agreement on Tuesday involving(...)