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Boris Johnson’s demeanour during the coronavirus crisis has not been that of a brash populist but of a cautious, sombre politician who defers to his scientific advisers. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/ EPA/Bloomberg

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that May’s local elections in England will be postponed until next year because of coronavi(...)

A video grab taken from the Renewable Heat Incentive inquiry of Sir Patrick Coghlin addressing the opening of the inquiry. File photograph: PA

A long-awaited report on the controversial Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme was published on Friday. It found no evidence of c(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: report found she should not have been presented with a document which lacked all the necessary cost information, but she equally should not have signed it. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA

The Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme should never have been adopted, the chairman of the inquiry into the so-called cash-for-ash(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, and leader of the DUP, Arlene Foster cancelled her trip to the United States for St Patrick’s Day, as did Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The report of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) inquiry will be published tomorrow, one month short of three years after the inquiry’s first public m(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference, at 10 Downing Street, in London, on the UK’s government’s coronavirus action plan. Photograph: Frank Augstein/PA Wire

Up to a fifth of British workers could be off sick during the peak of a coronavirus epidemic, Boris Johnson’s government warned on Tuesday. Police wo(...)

A laptop in Stormont shows a live feed of DUP leader Arlene Foster giving evidence to the RHI inquiry on the “cash for ash” scandal. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two years ago, following days of political fever, a tiny group of journalists was called hurriedly to Martin McGuinness’s office in Stormont. There th(...)

Former DUP special adviser Tim Cairns appearing at the NI Assembly, Belfast. Photograph: NI Assembly/PA Wire

Two former DUP special advisers are at odds over whether a bid was made to delay cutting the cost of a botched green energy scheme in Northern Ireland(...)

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