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

Sinn Féin continues to be the party in Northern Ireland with the highest income and the highest spending, according to the latest party financial acco(...)

There is palpable apathy in Northern Ireland as case numbers swell to some of the worst in the developed world, with double the Republic’s infection rate and 10 times its death rate.  Photograph: Getty Images

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic differences in statistics between Northern Ireland and the Republic – even small brief differences – have been matter(...)

Colin Bateman: ‘I would say 90 per cent of Nutcase is true’

After writing 34 books (including comedy crime novels such as Divorcing Jack and Driving Big Davie) and numerous movies and TV series (BBC Northern Ir(...)

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(...)

Ian Marshall: warns tensions within unionism about checks and inspections on goods coming over the Irish Sea  need to be addressed. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

The Northern Ireland protocol is “here to stay” and there is “no question” it promises benefits for trade and business, the latest recruit to the Ulst(...)

In a  joint statement,  the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Primate of All Ireland Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin (above)  and four other bishops in the North  criticised politicians who have welcomed the ‘unilateral imposition’ of abortion services. File photograph: Tom Honan

Britain’s order for full abortion services to be in operation in Northern Ireland by next spring is “unjust”, “gravely disquieting” and threatens the (...)

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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