Edwin Poots

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The Twelfth of July Orange Order march arrives onto the Crumlin Rd in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

This year’s annual Twelfth of July celebrations in the North have been described as the most successful, peaceful and trouble-free in years by police (...)

John O’Doherty from the Rainbow Project with the North’s Minister for Health Michelle O’Neill: “My first responsibility is patient safety.” Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

The lifetime ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland is to be lifted from September 1st, the North’s new Sinn Féin Minister for Health Miche(...)

The ban on gay men donating blood was introduced as a result of the 1980s Aids crisis. It was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in 2011. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The lifetime ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland is to be lifted, the North’s new Minister for Health Michelle O’Neill announced on Thur(...)

Judges in Belfast ruled that it was up to Stormont, rather than the british health secretary, to decide when gay men can give blood. Photograph: iStock/Getty

A gay man is to take his legal challenge to the ban on homosexual blood donations in Northern Ireland to the UK’s highest court. Earlier this year t(...)

Lagan Valley’s turnout of 53.2 per cent was statistically higher than that recorded for Assembly elections five years ago, and it was one of the few constituencies to achieve this feat across Northern Ireland.

Former first minister David Trimble watched on as the UUP claimed multiple seats in the Lagan Valley constituency for the first time since 2003 on Fri(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Lagan Valley – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

If the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) are to replicate its impressive performance in Lagan Valley at the 2011 Assembly election, it means winning fo(...)

Revised terms: The emotionally and ideologically loaded formulations – unborn child, direct (as opposed to indirect) abortion – have been replaced in the new guidance by accurate clinical terms such as “foetus”. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Stormont Executive, last Friday evening, Good Friday, published its Guidance for Health and Social Care Professionals on Termination of Pregnancy (...)

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has succeeded in an attempt to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood was irrational and infected by apparent bias. Photograph: The Irish Times.

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has succeeded in an attempt to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood was irrationa(...)

Edwin Poots: His remarks on Arlene Foster would not have gone down well in Sierra Leone. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

If Edwin Poots had said in the parliament of Sierra Leone what he said at Stormont on Monday, somebody, quite likely Isatu Kabia, would have bitten hi(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster: moved Mervyn Storey from the Department of Social Development to finance with DUP chairman Lord (Maurice) Morrow taking over social development.

The North’s new First Minister, Arlene Foster, used her first full day in office to appoint North Antrim Assembly member Mervyn Storey to fill her fo(...)

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