That Ulster Unionism may take back the prime position the DUP pushed them out of in 2004 would be particularly poignant for Jeffrey Donaldson, DUP leader since July. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Northern Ireland’s next election to the Stormont Assembly is not due until May 2022, but circumstances have already inflamed political temperatures. N(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson,  newly elected as the DUP’s third leader in as many months, is trailing at the bottom of leadership ratings at 20 per cent. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Northern Ireland’s centenary year has seen unionism at its most fractured, with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) continuing down a path toward sign(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary-Lou McDonald talking to the media while on a visit to Derry on Thursday. Photograph: Sinn Féin/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has defended changes to the party’s personnel in Derry during a visit to the city on Thursday, saying the party “ne(...)

Former DUP leader Edwin Poots. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former DUP leader Edwin Poots has opened up the possibility that he could facilitate his successor Jeffrey Donaldson taking a seat in the Lagan Valley(...)

A screengrab from a video posted on  social media showing gunmen in front of a mural of  INLA member Mickey Devine.

Unionists have called for police action over social media footage which appears to show masked men firing shots in the air in Derry city last week. T(...)

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

Northern Ireland will “offer what sanctuary we can” to refugees fleeing Afghanistan, the North’s First Minister has said. In a joint statement on We(...)

UUP leader Doug Beattie, a former captain with the British army’s Royal Irish Regiment, says the people of Afghanistan have been ‘let down’ by the international community. Photograph: Doug Beattie

As Doug Beattie watches the chaotic scenes of people trying to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, his thoughts are with the Afghans he met, tho(...)

Loyalists holding  a protest against the Northern Ireland protocol and the so-called ‘Irish sea border’ in Belfast on  July 3th, 2021. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Twelfth of July and its aftermath, and right up to now, was rather like Sherlock Holmes’s dog that did not bark, or more appositely the Lambeg dru(...)

People confront British soldiers on William Street in Derry minutes before paratroopers opened fire, killing 14 civilians on what became known as Bloody Sunday. Photograph: Getty

There are few things as meaningless as a Stormont consensus. The Northern Ireland assembly was recalled this Tuesday for an SDLP motion rejecting UK (...)

 DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the British government was illustrating that the ‘protocol is not working’. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The British government’s demands for a new deal on the Northern Ireland protocol prompted different political responses in the North. The DUP describe(...)

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