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DUP leader designate Edwin Poots  pictured at Parliament Buildings in Belfast on Friday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

On the face of it the election of Edwin Poots as the next leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is a step backwards towards a more confrontati(...)

 Democratic Unionist Party leader Edwin Poots said the Northern Ireland protocol is not working, ‘it  cannot work and therefore we have to go back to the drawing board’. Photograph: Getty

Newly-elected Democratic Unionist Party leader Edwin Poots has accused an “aggressive” Irish government of hugely damaging cross-Border relations in i(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street on Friday. Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Irish and British officials will seek to work together on topics including legacy issues in the North, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said last night, after(...)

 New-elected DUP leader Edwin Poots leaving Stormont after making a statement. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

After Edwin Poots was announced as the next leader of the DUP at the party’s headquarters in east Belfast on Friday afternoon, he and the new deputy l(...)

 Edwin Poots is a strong opponent of the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Edwin Poots was, quite literally, raised in the DUP. After his election as leader on Friday, he reminded reporters that his father had been one of th(...)

Edwin Poots: One challenge he will face over the next year which Arlene Foster did not is working alongside another politician as first minister. Photograph: Paul Faith

Unless a deterioration in relations between the Stormont parties leads to an early collapse of the Executive, the new DUP leader has 50 weeks and five(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is to travel to Chequers, the British prime minister’s country residence, for a lunchtime meeting, Government Buildings has confirmed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Discussions on Troubles legacy issues and the Northern Ireland protocol are expected to dominate a summit meeting on Friday between Taoiseach Micheál (...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer as Queen Elizabeth delivers a speech in the House of Lords on Tuesday. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The British government has signalled a retreat from plans to block the prosecution and imprisonment of former soldiers for alleged crimes committed du(...)

Detail from a postal first-day cover issued to mark the 50th anniversary of Northern Ireland.

It was the Russian minister Grigory Potemkin who gave his name to the putative village of the same name. The story, no doubt embellished, is that whil(...)

Steve Aiken with party colleagues Robbie Butler (left) and Doug Beattie (right) at Stormont during Mr Aiken’s first media appearance after resigning as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Stormont Assembly member Doug Beattie, a decorated British army veteran, has confirmed he will stand for the leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party. (...)

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