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(...)

‘On Thursday the public told the DUP and Sinn Féin to get on with it. They now have a chance to do just that.’ File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

It must be difficult after such a long and bruising election campaign, particularly for the like of DUP leader Arlene Foster, for politicians to feel (...)

As election night wore on, the fates of politicians from across the political spectrum hung in the balance, with the casualties and survivors. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images
UK election results: Winners and losers
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  • December 13, 2019, 08:04

As election night wore on, the fates of politicians from across the political spectrum hung in the balance, with the casualties and survivors. Winner(...)

From the beginning to the end of holding the balance of power at Westminster, Arlene Foster’s party kept its channels and options open with Jeremy Corbyn’s party. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

One of the final occurrences at Westminster before parliament dissolved two weeks ago was a joint letter from the DUP and Labour’s fisheries spokesmen(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster speaks to reporters after a meeting of   the Stormont Assembly on Monday ahead of changes to laws on abortion  and gay marriage  in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Cabinet Ministers have been warned to be mindful of DUP sensitivities in light of the party’s opposition to the revised Brexit deal, as well as change(...)

A file image of DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds leaving 10 Downing Street in London. Mr Dodds said the latest Brexit deal drives ‘a coach and horses’ through the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images.

Boris Johnson was “too eager by far to get a deal at any cost” and could have held out for more Brexit concessions from the European Union, the DUP ha(...)

It was striking – and encouraging – to hear Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson emerge from their three-hour meeting in Liverpool on Thursday and announce in a joint statement that they could see “a pathway towards a possible deal.” Photograph: Noel Mullen/ Irish Government Press Office via Getty Images

The Brexit negotiation process has vindicated pessimists at every turn. Not in well over a year has any meeting between British and EU leaders conclud(...)

Tanaiste Simon Coveney said Ireland will support any UK request for an extension to Article 50 . Photograph: John Thys / AFP

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said it doesn’t matter whether British proposals on Brexit are made publicly or privately once they are credible and bridge the(...)

New Northern Secretary Julian Smith: he is described by those who know him as someone of intellect and capability. Photograph: Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s appointment of Julian Smith as the new Northern Secretary earned a speedy and predictably jaundiced response from Sinn Féin Assembly m(...)

Deputy leader of the DUP Nigel Dodds has said that winning the Conservative party leadership contest is a ‘totally emphatic victory’ for Boris Johnson. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The DUP has welcomed the victory of “committed Unionist” Boris Johnson in the race to become the next prime minister. However, other political partie(...)

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