Arlene Foster: in her persistence in her denial of a deal with Sinn Féin she has all the gravitas of an angry rabbit in the headlights

Whoever briefed against Arlene Foster this week has a mischievous sense of timing. The DUP leader was meeting Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit n(...)

Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill and Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swann debating on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The row over loyalist paramilitary support for unionist candidates prompted a number of clashes when senior politicians from the five main parties eng(...)

Tiger’s Bay resident Alec McGurgan is planning to vote Ulster Unionist in the wake of the renewable heat incentive  debacle. Photograph: Peter Geoghegan

Alec McGurgan has seen plenty of changes during six decades living in Tiger’s Bay. The narrow warren of terraced north Belfast streets he played on a(...)

The Ulster Defence Association, the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Red Hand Commando on Tuesday released a joint declaration of intent “recommitting” themselves to the peaceful and democratic principles of the 1998 Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Loyalist paramilitary have issued a statement pledging to “eschew all violence and criminality”. The Ulster Defence Association, the Ulster Volunteer (...)

The PSNI does not believe the attack was motivated by loyalist infighting or that there was paramilitary involvement

Police believe that a personal dispute rather than a loyalist feud or sectarian paramilitary attack was at the heart of the murder of a senior Ulster (...)

Former Derry player Joe Brolly, now a GAA pundit. “A lot of our boys play rugby as well, the thing is there’s no barriers when you play a sport at a young age. My own son plays rugby for Malone, there’s no issues and it’s very normal for him.” Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

To the southern mind it probably seems prehistoric and idiotic and that’s because it is. If a young child, devoid of bitterness and historical baggage(...)

Loyalist protesters demonstrate against restrictions on flying Britain’s union flag from Belfast City Hall in central Belfast in January. Attacks and threats against politicians over the removal of the union flag from Belfast City Hall were likened to a “pogrom” after  the Alliance Party was targeted by loyalist rioters.  Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Two days of talks on the policing of Belfast public order events with a history of large-scale unrest have produced a commitment to non-violenc(...)