Arlene Foster outside Stormont,  on January 11th, 2016,  when she was  newly appointed First Minister of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paul Faith / AFP

The Taoiseach on Wednesday night paid tribute to the “courage” shown by Arlene Foster as a political leader following her announcement on Wednesday th(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster faces a leadership challenge. Photograph: PA

Arlene Foster is well used to having to defend herself against claims of challenges to her leadership. The - for now - DUP leader pointed out as muc(...)

Meeting of North-South Ministerial Council had to be cancelled at the last minute because DUP First Minister Arlene Foster had not nominated a unionist minister to attend, as power-sharing requires. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

Eamon Ryan experienced Northern Ireland’s politics of the empty chair last Friday at the North-South Ministerial Council, the sole cross-Border instit(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster described as ‘misplaced’ and “’quite mischievous’ claims of an unspoken campaign to scupper North/South Ministerial Council meetings by not putting forward unionist Ministers. File photograph: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster has denied unionists are boycotting meetings with the Irish Government as part of a plan to overthrow the Northe(...)

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie, who was the only unionist representative present, warned there are ‘frictions and instabilities at this moment in time . . . we are going to have to address them’.

Democratic Unionist Party Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have boycotted a cross-Border Brexit meeting to demonstrate opposition to the Nor(...)

Like journalists across Belfast, DUP representatives were hearing one message from loyalists: this was the final straw. Then, sensationally, the EU triggered article 16 itself. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Detailed accounts have been written of the madness that gripped Brussels last Friday in the hours before it tried to trigger article 16. Parallel eve(...)

Jim Allister: he  says  the Northern Ireland Protocol  is part of a plan to create “political unity” on the island of Ireland

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister has called for the DUP and Ulster Unionist Party to join with him in seeking to undermine the Northern (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin greets British prime minister Boris Johnson  with an elbow bump at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast last August. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland’s relations with the United Kingdom involve fundamental values and interests expressed through changing events that require enduring instituti(...)

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill and First Minister Arlene Foster: Stormont is united in bemusement and frustration at the Republic’s stonewalling. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Genuine mystery surrounds the Irish Government’s lengthy refusal to share Covid passenger data with Northern Ireland. The Government will not explain (...)

An image from last week showing ambulances waiting at the entrance to the Antrim Area Hospital when the emergency department was at full capacity. Photograph: PA

Another 17 people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has confirmed. A further 640 new cases of the virus have also(...)

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