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Designated first minister and DUP MLA for Lagan Valley Paul Givan at Stormont. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The pity of Edwin Poots’s new ministerial team is that the choice nearly works. Designated first minister Paul Givan, education minister Michelle McI(...)

Arlene Foster, who on Wednesday announced her decision to step down as Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader, outside Stormont in Belfast last week. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Last month, a remarkable set of minutes was leaked to the Belfast News Letter from the DUP’s South Antrim constituency association. It revealed a par(...)

Summit Inn  owners Thomas and Tommy Gaffney:  beer kegs will go out of date before Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Photograph: Alan Betson

Millions of pints of beer in barrels will have to be converted into animal feed or fertilisers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic – though the cost (...)

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill at the Stormont daily press update to the Covid-19 crisis on Monday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes /Press Eye/PA

Cometh the hour, cometh the women. After last week’s disagreement over school closures in the North, First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Mi(...)

Arlene Foster. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

It is hard today to appreciate the complete conceptual change in Northern Ireland politics represented by the 2006 St Andrews Agreement. The preceding(...)

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The full story of Ian Bailey’s conviction in a French court and the next steps in the legal battle Monday December 23rd marks the 23rd anniversa(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds is the party’s Westminster leader, its driving force on Brexit and the defender of Arlene Foster’s leadership. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Every general election in Northern Ireland features a key constituency where the battle between unionism and nationalism is seen to be playing out. Fo(...)

Not laughing: Arlene Foster. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

There were few enough laughs at Manchester’s Comedy Store on Monday when Arlene Foster joined Conservative Brexiteers John Redwood and Mark Francois a(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: Has been told that the European Union’s red lines remain firm. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Downing Street left much of Westminster bewildered on Thursday with an update on talks with Brussels over finding an alternative to the Northern Irela(...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki in  action against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on September 7th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jean Kleyn’s inclusion in the World Cup squad may have revived the debate, but for some reason Bundee Aki’s presence in the Irish team seems to cop mo(...)

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