Edwin Poots

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Edwin Poots, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leaves the party headquarters in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph:  Paul Faith / AFP  via Getty Images

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has warned a snap election in the North as a result of the chaos in the Democratic Unionist Party could be (...)

Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill outside Parliament Buildings, Belfast, on Thursday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland Assembly has been brought back from the brink of what would have been a sixth collapse with a late-night announcement of a deal o(...)

Some of the DUP’s rivals, and allies of desposed party leader Arlene Foster, will react with glee to Edwin Poots’s shambolic exit. Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

A day that should have marked the restoration of institutional stability in Northern Ireland’s politics instead underlined the fragility of those inst(...)

There is now a time limit attached to the introduction of Irish language and other measures

The UK government has committed to legislating at Westminster on the Irish language and other cultural provisions if they are not dealt with at Stormo(...)

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Sinn Féin has held talks with the UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in a bid to avert a fresh political crisis at Stormont. Brandon Lewis f(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar speaks to the media at Dublin Zoo on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party leader speeches to ardfheiseanna don’t tend to rely too much on nuance. The rhetoric is ramped up and the message is delivered with a good thump(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood MP with party colleague and Minister for Infrastructure, Nichola Mallon MLA,  at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Stormont remained deadlocked on Tuesday over the introduction of Irish language legislation ahead of Monday’s deadline for the nomination of the North(...)

Boris Johnson confronted Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit over the weekend: ‘How would you like it if the French courts stopped you moving Toulouse sausages to Paris?’. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Blessed are the makers of processed pork products, for they shall come to symbolise British pluck in the face of the foreign foe. The invention of the(...)

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 (...)

Former first minister Arlene Foster leaving Stormont Castle in Belfast. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Former DUP leader Arlene Foster called on members of the Northern Ireland Assembly to be “good neighbours” and to respect each other’s identities as s(...)

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