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Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster Foster admitted that she did not read the legislation behind the Renewable Heat Incentive. File photograph: The Irish Times

More than three years since the Renewable Heat Incentive inquiry was established in January 2017 the chairman, Patrick Coghlin, is to publish his find(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald, vice-president Michelle O’Neill and Coiste Seasta member Ken O’Connell  arrive in the Dublin election count centre at the RDS during the recent election. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Not a normal democratic party, says Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin – Correct, says the party’s OWN finance director. SO here IS HOW THE PARTY WO(...)

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media as she arrives for the reconvening of the 33rd Dáil Eireann. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

When the van arrived at the prison gates in Co Roscommon it was carrying three men. One was a Sinn Féin TD at the time, Martin Ferris. They pulled up(...)

Newly appointed Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey barely had her feet under the desk before Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was complaining about her appointment. The West Belfast MLA was in Magennis’s bar in central Belfast the night in January 2005 when Robert McCartney was stabbed and beaten to death. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin’s surge in the opinion polls has raised questions about how it would perform in government were Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil to reverse their st(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has signed a pledge, along with all of her party’s candidates, to be guided by instructions from its ruling body - (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Sinn Féin leader Mary-Lou McDonald and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are the State’s two biggest political parties, according to opinion polls, followed closely behind by Sinn Féin. All three a(...)

The Miami Showband, killed in a Troubles bomb in 1975. From left: Stephen Travers, Tony Geraghty, Ray Millar, Brian McCoy, Fran O’Toole, Des Lee

How do you write a happy-clappy, feelgood musical, complete with singalong numbers, when the story includes an atrocity? There’s a slight doubletake (...)

A laptop in Stormont shows a live feed of DUP leader Arlene Foster giving evidence to the RHI inquiry on the “cash for ash” scandal. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two years ago, following days of political fever, a tiny group of journalists was called hurriedly to Martin McGuinness’s office in Stormont. There th(...)

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast: ‘We were keen to imbue the new building with the spirit of the old,’ says Mark Carruthers

Belfast’s Lyric Theatre is 50 years old. What began as a personal crusade and grew into an important cultural movement is now one of Ireland’s leading(...)

Sinn Féin Deputy  Pearse Doherty (left), new president Mary Lou McDonald, new deputy president Michelle O’Neill and Conor Murphy MLA celebrating  at  the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féiners are now getting used to a leadership that is not only chromosomally different to what went before – but a leadership where the top post h(...)

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