Simon Hamilton

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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(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: “I fully appreciate the risks of a ‘no deal’ but the dangers of a bad deal are worse.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Arlene Foster is playing the Orange card as the Brexit negotiations may or may not be reaching endgame, amplifying the threat posed by the frequently (...)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald told those present at the Leaders’ Debate in Belfast that she wanted a border poll ‘to happen as soon as’. File photograph:  PA  Wire

Brexit is not a time to further divide the people of Northern Ireland with a Border poll, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said at a debate in wes(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: “Allowing her Brexiteers off the leash might have seemed like a harmless way to occupy the bored and potentially restless.” Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The DUP is now publicly panicking over Brexit. Last week, as the British government’s plan for a customs partnership with Europe following Brexit fel(...)

Sinn Féin’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill  at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast on Wednesday. She insisted her party “had an accommodation on all the issues” with the DUP. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

All this week, restoring the Northern Executive and Assembly hung on whether Arlene Foster could show leadership and nerve and sell the language eleme(...)

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley indicated good progress had been made in discussions. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

A deal between the British and Irish governments and the Northern Ireland parties to reinstate the Executive and Assembly is “achievable” in the comin(...)

A man walking past a mural in Belfast which refers  to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme  and DUP leader  Arlene Foster.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cutting payments under the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive scheme in the North was a lawful step to prevent potential overspend of close to £70(...)

James Brokenshire  making a statement in Stormont on Wednesday. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Waiting for Godot is described as a play where nothing happens twice. Waiting for a Breakthrough at Stormont is a pedestrian drama where nothing hap(...)

Michelle O’Neill has written to the British and Irish governments and the NI parties proposing that talks aimed at reinstating the powersharing institutions restart next Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The British and Irish Governments are trying to create a “different dynamic” to the Stormont talks as they step up planning for the resumption of nego(...)

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