Parliament Buildings, Stormont. An idea in circulation is ‘joint authority’, which the SDLP endorsed in recent weeks as an alternative to direct rule from London. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Last Friday, British prime minister Theresa May went to Glasgow to affirm fidelity to an idea that has seldom looked shakier. Rejectin(...)

 The Rev Ian Paisley:  “Unionism has judged itself virtuous using a different marker, which can be found in the way Paisley emphasised the ever-present threats to an idealised moral and spiritual order.” Photograph: Alan Betson

As someone who sees themselves as a unionist, who believes in a shared parliamentary tradition and history, which for all its faults and misappropriat(...)

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  outside Stormont Parliament buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland March 6th, 2017. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

In the early hours of Saturday morning last, we witnessed “The Fall of the Berlin Wall of Stormont”, which ended majority unionism for the first time (...)

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(...)

 Ulster Unionist Party Leader Mike Nesbitt: The UUP is  the potential casualty in West Tyrone and could be without representation in one of the most rural constituencies in the North. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Unless the Democratic Unionist vote collapses in West Tyrone, which is unlikely, veteran Tom Buchanan will retain the seat in the Stormont Assembly w(...)

 Poker player Emmet Mullen (left) and painter Chris Fisher, two disenchanted Omagh non-voters. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

If opinion pollsters want to test the mood of the electorate in Northern Ireland, they could do worse than chat with Barbara, Sandra and Doreen on the(...)

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister during a previous campaign: the hardline party is “very confident”, his running mate says. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

If the Northern Irish bible belt had a buckle, it would be Ballymena. Church spires denoting a variety of denominations punctate the Co Antrim mark(...)

Dr Andrew McCormick gives evidence to the public accounts committee in the Assembly, Stormont, on Wednesday. Photograph: PA Wire

A senior Stormont civil servant has named a DUP special adviser who he suspected was involved in exerting pressure to continue the overgenerous cash-(...)

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said a ‘relentless diplomatic offensive’ is required to avoid a ‘hard Border’. Photograph: Collins

The only way to avoid the creation of a ‘hard Border’ post Brexit is for Northern Ireland to be granted special status within the EU as the people of (...)

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