Mike Nesbitt

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Arlene Foster: “The demand for her to stand aside for a period, which was anathema a few weeks ago, is now being hinted at from within the DUP.”

It was the sneer that did it. The condescending tone of Arlene Foster’s voice invoked even more rage than the imperious content of her speech. “That’s(...)

Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds speak to media outside Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Talks to save Northern Ireland’s devolved government have run straight into an obstacle on Monday as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Fos(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the count centre in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on Friday. The DUP’s seat tally dropped from 38 to 28 in the Assembly election, while Sinn Féin won 27. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Senior DUP politicians are standing by their leader Arlene Foster despite Sinn Féin narrowing the gap between the two parties to just one seat in the (...)

Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: ‘The onus is on the parties themselves. That is the essence of devolution.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin and the DUP have been told they will have to do the “heavy lifting” if the Stormont institutions are to be re-established following a second(...)

The question remains exactly the same. Status quo ante restored: will Arlene Foster resign or step aside as First Minister pending the inquiry into th(...)

In the 90-member new Assembly there are 40 unionists (DUP, Ulster Unionists, Traditional Unionist Voice and independent unionist) and 39 nationalists (Sinn Féin and the SDLP). It is a long way from the 1921 election in the North, when Unionists also claimed 40 seats. That, however, was a 52-seat assembly.

In this election everything went right for Sinn Féin. It portrayed Arlene Foster as the ogre; she responded by casting Gerry Adams as the bogey man. (...)

Sinn Féin’s Seán Lynch at the Omagh count centre. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Five Winners 1. Sinn Féin The obvious big winners of this election. Their vote share increased by almost 4 per cent and, at 27 seats, they came with(...)

 Sinn Féin NI leader Michelle O’Neill,  Orlaithi Flynn, deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and president Gerry Adams  at  count centre in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Sinn Féin has made significant gains in the Northern Assembly elections on the back of an increased republican vote, dramatically narrowing the gap b(...)

The UUP’s Mike Nesbitt, followed by his wife Lynda Bryans and son PJ Nesbitt, after announcing his resignation as party leader at the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Mike Nesbitt was a former television anchorman who abandoned broadcasting for public service. He was born in 1957 in Belfast. Before becoming a polit(...)

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill after winning her seat in Mid-Ulster. This election will encourage Sinn Féin to make a greater push for a Border poll and lead to more talk of a united Ireland. Photograph: Paul McErlane/AFP

Politics in Northern Ireland is shaken not stirred. Sinn Féin is the story of this election, and that is demonstrated strikingly in the figures. In l(...)

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