Peter Robinson

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Border patrol: a wounded British soldier in Co Fermanagh in 1978. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

In 1983, taoiseach Garret FitzGerald convened the New Ireland Forum in Dublin, intending to achieve a consensus among constitutional nationalist parti(...)

Leader of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has said that the unionist community needs to be a part of planning for a united Ireland. Party activists from(...)

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 atmosphere in Westminster fuels the DUP sense of paranoia and its conviction that Northern Ireland is being treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Northern Ireland is changing, and quickly. Despite the presence of several seats of learning here I continue to be surprised at the absence of any ser(...)

File photograph of former DUP  minister Jonathan Bell. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A former DUP minister secretly recorded a “personal and private” conversation with senior party colleagues about a botched green energy scheme, writte(...)

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds on stage at the DUP annual party conference in Belfast on Saturday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

“Bin the backstop,” said Nigel Dodds. “Junk the backstop,” said Boris Johnson. That in a nutshell was what the DUP’s annual conference was about in r(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster at her party’s    annual conference at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast.  Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA

DUP leader Arlene Foster when delivering her keynote speech at her party’s annual conference rejected the British government “spin” that the only choi(...)

Former first minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson made his comments at an event at the Methodist Centre at Knock in east Belfast on Thursday. File photograph: Queen’s University Belfast/PA Wire

Former DUP first minister Peter Robinson has stated he believes Stormont can be restored but that in the meantime direct rule from Westminster should (...)

Boris Johnson:  a much-needed diversion from the current gloom. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson should help banish some of the Brexit blues for 600 delegates attending the DUP annual conference in Belfast on Saturday. The blues mig(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. “There has been much comment on the DUP forsaking its image as the party of business but that was always an affectation with little evidence of voter appeal.” Photograph: Tom Honan

The falling out between the DUP and Northern Ireland’s business community over the past week has been a wonder to behold and a genuinely novel develop(...)

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