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Former Stormont first minister Arlene Foster: was asked  why her then special adviser, Dr Andrew Crawford, had not read expert reports related to RHI options and why Fiona Hepper had not endeavoured to record notes of the encounter.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

The chairman of a public inquiry into Stormont’s “cash for ash” scheme has questioned whether a key department run by Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster appears on a screen during the Renewable Heat Incentive  public inquiry at Stormont Parliament Buildings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster has defended her role in Stormont’s botched green energy scheme during her appearance before a public inquiry(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster during an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, at Queen’s University in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster will appear before a public inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal in Northern Ireland on Thursday. The Ren(...)

Bill Clinton and Tony Blair at Queen’s University on Tuesday, “signalling they were not there to cry over the agreement’s corpse”. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

It could easily have turned into a wake. Instead, the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement struck surprisingly positive notes. The guest list al(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Unionism needs leadership of the kind it had two decades ago which brought the movement into peace talks with Sinn Féin and lead to the Belfast Agreem(...)

Patrick Kielty: “Where there’s peace,” he says, “there’ll always be a wee bit of hope.”  Photograph: BBC

At a certain point during My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me (BBC One, Wednesday, 9pm), a personal, fascinating and rather comprehensive investigation into(...)

 DUP leader Arlene Foster walks past a portrait of her predecessor Ian Paisley at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Shortly after Arlene Foster became the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in 2016, her fellow DUP MLA Edwin Poots caused a media stir by insi(...)

SF deputy leader Michelle O’Neill’s speech touched on the Belfast Agreement, which marks its 20th anniversary this month, and the Stormont impasse.

Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill has renewed her party’s call for an Irish unity referendum within five years. Addressing republicans at an E(...)

The determination of Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair, allied to the patience of Senator George Mitchell, pulled enough people over the line to make the Belfast Agreement possible 20 years ago.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/Reuters

The 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement is being overshadowed by the fact that the institutions established under its auspices have been in abey(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney spoke to the British secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley on Thursday night and the two agreed to meet in Belfast after April 10th. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish and British governments are to launch another push to re-establish the powersharing institutions at Stormont. The move will follow celebra(...)

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