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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(...)

Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Arlene Foster has said party colleagues behind the move to oust her have still not spoken to her about it. The deposed DUP leader’s remarks came afte(...)

 Traffic crossing the Border near Derry. Brexit provisions  afford the North the unique advantage of being simultaneously in the UK and in EU’s single market when it comes to trade in goods.  Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit, the controversies around the Northern Ireland Protocol and the possibility of Scottish independence and the eventual break-up of the UK have (...)

Assailed by fundamentalist Protestantism as well as those angered at the outworking of a Brexit they supported, Arlene Foster’s position became impossible some time ago. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The resignation of DUP leader Arlene Foster, yet another unionist leader forced out by hardliners, points up Northern Ireland’s political instability.(...)

Arlene Foster, who on Wednesday announced her decision to step down as Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader, outside Stormont in Belfast last week. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Last month, a remarkable set of minutes was leaked to the Belfast News Letter from the DUP’s South Antrim constituency association. It revealed a par(...)

The North’s minister of agriculture, Edwin Poots, a long-standing MLA for Lagan Valley, is known to have ambitions towards the leadership of the DUP. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland is to have a new First Minister, and the DUP a new party leader; what is far from clear is how these roles will be filled, or who mig(...)

 Police deploying water canons on Springfield Road, Belfast last week. A new generation of young people are being drawn into the violence that plagued their parents’ lives. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

In the very week of the anniversary of the Belfast Agreement, we witnessed how fragile peace in Northern Ireland is. Rioting broke out on the streets(...)

A file photograph of Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar meeting the Grand Secretary of the Orange Lodge, Rev Mervyn Gibson at Government Buildings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

North-South relations will fall into a “downward spiral” unless unionist anger over the Northern Ireland protocol is addressed, a senior Orangeman has(...)

Des Dalton: said he would be ‘untrue to myself and to ideas I passionately believe’  if he accepted his suspension by the party, and he had no choice but to resign. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Republican Sinn Féin president Des Dalton has resigned from the party after its ardchomhairle suspended him for arguing against violent actions(...)

Des Dalton at the Republican Sinn Féin shop Parnell Street in 2016. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Armed actions by dissident republicans are no longer helping to end partition but are distracting from traditional republican arguments for a united I(...)

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