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Northern Ireland Education Minister Peter Weir: to collapse Stormont because of  unionist anger over the Northern Ireland protocol would be “counterproductive”.  File photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

The DUP has said it remains committed to the New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) agreement which restored the North’s powersharing Executive after it was (...)

First Minister Arlene Foster was accused of sitting down with the Loyalist Communities Council and ‘seeking common cause in your opposition against the protocol’. Photograph: PA

Continuing controversy over the Northern Ireland protocol has triggered edgy exchanges in the Northern Assembly between First Minister Arlene Foster a(...)

In its statement of February 1st, the council said trade unions had ‘raised serious concerns around the safety of staff’. File photograph: PA

A senior trade union official has said questions remain to be answered about the decision-making process which led to the withdrawal of staff conducti(...)

A  sign in Gilford in Co Down, about the Irish Sea border. Post-Brexit checks at all Northern Ireland’s ports will resume from Wednesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Physical post-Brexit checks on products of animal origin are to resume at the North’s ports from Wednesday. The checks were suspended from February (...)

A sign near the entrance to Larne Port opposing the Irish Sea border. The DUP has rejected claims it is whipping up tensions over trade in order to have the contentious  Northern Ireland Protocol ditched. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Jim Allister does not mince his words. “Our trade is being strangled, our east-west relationships have been emasculated, our consumers are being starv(...)

Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann: ‘This had potentially very real implications for ourselves because we had vaccine actually in transit, and had that article been enforced we may have seen difficulties in the supply and the arrival of vaccines.’ Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The North’s Minister for Health has claimed a shipment of Covid-19 vaccine which was on its way from Belgium on Friday could have been disrupted had t(...)

The DUP’s eight MPs have said they will vote against the  deal when it is debated in the House of Commons on Wednesday. File photograph:  Justin Tallis / AFP via Getty Images

The speaker of the North’s Assembly is to be asked to recall MLAs from Christmas recess to debate the post-Brexit trade deal agreed between the EU and(...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister of Health Robin Swann said nobody should be travelling from England to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

An emergency meeting of the North’s Executive was underway late on Monday night to discuss travel from Great Britain amid concerns over the new, more (...)

Edwin Poots. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Perhaps it is only in Northern Ireland that tribalism could be injected into the Covid-19 crisis. Insinuating that nationalists are some sort of Covi(...)

Queen’s University  Belfast: said the safety and wellbeing of staff and students is its first priority, and a range of interventions have been made across campus. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Queen’s University Belfast is “closely monitoring” an increase in coronavirus cases and has not ruled out introducing further measures to stem the spr(...)

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