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INorthern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) (L) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill of republican party Sinn Fein/ Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/ Northern Ireland Executive/AFP/ Getty Images

The new Northern Executive met for the first time on Tuesday while the new Northern Assembly also got down to normal business with the first major ann(...)

Following agreement of the New Decade, New Approach pact, politicians on all sides appear ready to tackle outstanding problems.

The next decade will be an incredible time of opportunity for Northern Ireland, British prime minister Boris Johnson has said ahead of a visit to Stor(...)

Steve Aiken makes speaking to Ulster Unionist Party colleagues at the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick, Co Antrim on Saturday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Northern Ireland joined the European Union as one and must either “leave as one or remain as one”, Steve Aiken said as he was formally elected as new (...)

Arlene Foster,   DUP leader, party deputy leader, Nigel Dodds  and MP Jeffrey Donaldson. File photo. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty

Pressure is mounting on the incoming Ulster Unionist Party leader Steve Aiken from fellow unionists to change his decision that his party will contest(...)

Arlene Foster said the DUP would ‘take every possible legal option open to us’ to prevent the legalisation of abortion in the North. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An attempt to thwart the liberalisation of abortion law in Northern Ireland fell at the first hurdle on Monday when the Northern Assembly, sitting for(...)

 Democratic Unionist Party MP and Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson speaking in the House of Commons during Saturday’s Brexit deal debate. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty Images

The DUP wants to “get Brexit done” but it must be for the whole of the United Kingdom, it’s spokesman on leaving the European Union has said. On Sund(...)

Robin Swann returned to the broad-church approach but suddenly this has run out of time. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Does it matter any more who leads the Ulster Unionist Party? The question arises because Robin Swann, its leader for the past two years, has announced(...)

Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds (DUP) leave Downing Street last week. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

“Space is available” for the UK and the EU to reach a Brexit deal provided there is the will to do so, the deputy leader of the DUP has said. Nigel (...)

LArlene Foster, leader of the DUP and Nigel Dodds (DUP) leave Downing Street following talks with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

DUP leader Arlene Foster said British prime minister Boris Johnson had shown his commitment to securing a Brexit deal which “works for the entire Unit(...)

Unionist leaders have accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of not being prepared to sit down and discuss Brexit directly with them. After British prime min(...)

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