Retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin will chair  inquiry into the RHI scheme. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin is to chair a public inquiry into the so-called “cash for ash” scheme. Northern Ireland Minister for Finance Máirtí(...)

Jonathan Bell claimed a senior civil servant in the Department for the Economy told him that had DUP special advisers not interfered in the RHI scheme, its cost could have been halved. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The DUP has dismissed a claim that a brother of a party special adviser had a job installing boilers under the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive (...)

Martin McGuinness and his successor Michelle O’Neill  at Stormont on Monday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Stormont has a third woman leader of a Northern Ireland political party. There was great fanfare at Parliament Buildings on Monday when Gerry Adams c(...)

Video grab taken from the Northern Ireland Assembly of Michelle O’Neill speaking during an plenary session at Stormont earlier this month.

The North’s Minister of Health Michelle O’Neill was confirmed as Sinn Féin’s leader in Northern Ireland on Monday and is now in line to be the North’s(...)

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Sinn Féin finance minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said he is planning a “no hiding place inquiry” into the “cash for ash” controversy which led to th(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, with his wife Bernie,  addresses supporters who gathered outside his home in Derry on Thursday night.  Photograph: Trevor McBride

Martin McGuinness bowing out is a significant moment in Irish politics and, it can’t be denied, in modern Irish history too. It has been the leadersh(...)

Members of Sinn Fein  in the Great Hall at Stormont, Belfast. Outgoing Minister for Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has announced a public inquiry into the North’s Renewable Heat Incentive controversy.  File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Outgoing Sinn Féin Minister for Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has announced that he is to institute a public inquiry into the North’s Renewable Heat Inc(...)

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir of Sinn Féin (left) and Paul Givan of the DUP waiting to speak to the media after Sinn Féin’s Martin McGunniess announced his resignation as deputy first minister of the Northern Ireland Executive last week. Mr Ó Muilleoir could be a candidate for deputy first minister for Sinn Féin. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin could be in a position to nominate a new deputy first minister if talks on resurrecting powersharing are successful after the upcoming North(...)

Sinn Féin election poster going up outside the party’s headquarters on Belfast’s Falls Road. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Those interested in Stormont affairs couldn’t help but notice the high profile accorded by Sinn Féin to its Minister of Health Michelle O’Neill during(...)

British prime minister Theresa May is expected to say this week that Britain is prepared to leave both the single market and the EU’s customs union. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Fears that Britain will leave the European Union’s customs union, raising the prospect of tariffs on goods moving across the Border, have intensified (...)

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