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Under Stormont rules, once Arlene  Foster (right) ceased to hold office, the Sinn Féin deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill is also no longer in her post. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty

The DUP and Sinn Féin have seven days to nominate a first and deputy first minister in order to avert a political crisis at Stormont. The countdown (...)

Ian Paisley and Van Morrison together on stage at the Europa Hotel in Belfast last week.

MP Ian Paisley has personally apologised to Robin Swann for calling him “dangerous” on stage alongside Van Morrison, his party leader said. Edwin Poo(...)

DUP leader Edwin Poots has come under fire from Sinn Féin over his commitment to Irish language legislation. Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

The Stormont Executive is threatened with a fresh crisis after Sinn Féin said it did not believe the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will keep a promi(...)

Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley and singer Van Morrison together on stage at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Friday evening

Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Edwin Poots has again been urged to take action against an MP who joined singer Van Morrison in a verbal(...)

Dublin will be encouraged by the fact that, beneath his reputation as a conservative hardliner and his bellicose rhetoric, Poots has also shown a pragmatic streak. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Most political leaders, having narrowly taken the helm of a divided party, would move to mend relations and proclaim unity. Not Edwin Poots. Having wo(...)

 Arlene Foster  said she  also excited about what may lay ahead. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Stormont’s outgoing First Minister Arlene Foster has said she is “sad” at the manner in which she was ousted as she prepares for her final engagements(...)

Designated first minister and DUP MLA for Lagan Valley Paul Givan at Stormont. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The pity of Edwin Poots’s new ministerial team is that the choice nearly works. Designated first minister Paul Givan, education minister Michelle McI(...)

DUP leader Edwin Poots, right, and MLA Paul Givan leave Government Buildings in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Paul Givan and Edwin Poots go way back. These days, they are the DUP’s representatives for Lagan Valley in the Stormont Assembly – and, in Poots’s cas(...)

Edwin Poots: claimed North-South relations had ‘never been worse’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The new DUP leader, Edwin Poots, is to meet the Taoiseach in Dublin on Thursday evening. It will be Mr Poots’ first visit to Dublin to meet Micheál M(...)

DUP leader Edwin Poots. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The new DUP leader Edwin Poots could announce his ministerial team as early as Tuesday, in a move that may trigger a crisis at Stormont. There has be(...)

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