John O Dowd

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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(...)

Northern Ireland’s health minister  Robin Swann said there were ‘undoubtedly questions that will have to be answered by the Trust in relation to these outbreaks’. Photograph: Matt Mackey/PA Wire

A fourth patient with Covid-19 has died at a Co Armagh hospital which is battling an outbreak of the virus. The Southern Health and Social Care Trus(...)

 Northern Ireland Minister for Education  Peter Weir:  rejected claims he had followed London, describing an ’inextricable link’ between Northern Ireland and Britain.

The controversy over exam results in Northern Ireland underlines the “absolute necessity” of a full time return to school for all pupils from next wee(...)

After the North-South ministerial meeting in Armagh at the weekend DUP leader Arlene Foster said ‘calm heads’ are needed during this time. Photograph: Photopress

The Northern Executive is meeting on Monday to decide whether to escalate its response to the coronavirus emergency as 16 new cases were confirmed ove(...)

 Democratic Unionist Party  deputy leader Nigel Dodds, pictured with party leader Arlene Foster, has been embroiled in a  bitter and brutal battle with Sinn Féin’s John Finucane in North Antrim. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

People in Northern Ireland are pretty fired up for this Westminster contest and that is illustrated by the fact that there are more than 50,000 additi(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster (left) and party colleague Carla Lockhart

A familiar face is missing from the election posters clustered on lampposts in Upper Bann. The outgoing MP, the DUP’s David Simpson – who has repres(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald giving her keynote speech during her party’s ardfheis in Derry on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Northern command of Sinn Féin, so to speak, was in good shape at the weekend, even if their comrades south of the Border weren’t quite so confiden(...)

Conor  Murphy said the ‘DUP/Tory pact’ was ‘the biggest single opposition to the restoration of the institutions’

The restoration of the North’s power-sharing Assembly is still possible, the Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has told the party’s ardfheis. Speaking to d(...)

Little is known of how Michelle O’Neill and John O’Dowd differ on Sinn Féin policy. Photographs: Tom Honan, Charles McQuillan/Getty

It has been dubbed the political contest that never was. The announcement that John O’Dowd would stand against Michelle O’Neill for the position of vi(...)

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