Arlene Foster: “When I am asked to articulate the significance of a woman being Northern Ireland’s First Minister, I am often reminded of Margaret Thatcher [above] who famously remarked, ‘If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman’.” File photograph: PA Wire

DUP First Minister Arlene Foster has spoken of how women such as late former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, Queen Elizabeth and a protestan(...)

SDLP leader, Colum Eastwood, has a very big decision to make. Photograph: Arthur Allison.

The story was supposed to be about the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and maybe to a lesser extent about Eamonn McCann and Gerry Carroll and(...)

 New First Minister Arlene Foster: “Easter 1916 was a very violent attack on the state.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The DUP leader Arlene Foster, who is to be elected First Minister today, has been accused of “narrowness” over her refusal to attend any of the Easter(...)

 Arlene Foster is favourite to replace Peter Robinson as First Minister. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The North’s Minister for Finance, Arlene Foster, will learn tonight whether anyone else within the DUP will challenge her for the leadership of the p(...)

 Theresa Villiers, who met senior representatives from the DUP, Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance at Stormont today. Photograph: Hannah McKay

Talks between the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and the North’s five main parties concluded today without agreement on how to break the deadlo(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson has gone on the offensive against critics within his party who, party sources say, have been trying to undermine his leadership of the DUP.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

First Minister Peter Robinson has gone on the offensive against critics within his party who, DUP sources say, have been trying to undermine his leade(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson: is not hyping the prospects of the Haass talks on parades, flags and the past. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

The North’s Attorney General John Larkin was operating within the “terms and conditions of his contract” when he called for a halt to all inquiries in(...)