Family members of Ballymurphy massacre victims Eileen McKeown (left), daughter of Joseph Corr, and Mary Corr, daughter in law of Joseph Corr, at Springhill Community House in Belfast, watching Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis announcing the UK Government’s plans to introduce legislation to end all prosecutions related to the Northern Ireland Troubles before 1998. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis’s proposals to end all Troubles-related prosecutions have triggered a wave of criticism from victims’ groups and poli(...)

A bonfire in the loyalist Craigyhill area of Larne dwarfs local houses in the seaside town. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

The loyalist marching season in Northern Ireland is a “leadership test” for unionism, according to Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald. Concerns ha(...)

Simon Hoare is the head of the  UK’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

The chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has apologised “offence” caused by a tweet about loyalist bonfires. Senior Conservative MP Sim(...)

TUV leader Jim Allister, former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib and Baroness Hoey with solicitor Colin Dougan outside Belfast High Court. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Traditional Unionist Voice leader and Assembly member (MLA) Jim Allister, who was one of those who took a legal challenge against the lawfulness o(...)

Newly elected DUP leader designate Jeffrey Donaldson. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Four in every five voters in the North do not trust the Democratic Unionist Party over the Northern Ireland Protocol, a new survey suggests. The poll(...)

Philip Kennedy, son of UUP’s Danny Kennedy, and Laura Donaldson, daughter of incoming DUP Leader Jeffrey Donaldson, were married in Dromore. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The daughter of the incoming DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has married the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) chairman’s son in a union described as a “form o(...)

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Everyone is exhausted with the DUP’s drama, including the DUP. Newly crowned leader Jeffrey Donaldson is benefiting from a peace process-type moment o(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson joined the UDR and the Orange Order – he is a former assistant grand master – and the Young Unionists. One of his earliest roles was as Enoch Powell’s constituency agent. Photograph: PA

Incoming DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson wasted no time in getting stuck into his to-do list on Tuesday. Forwarded an image of the weather-beaten door (...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: he cut his political teeth as an election agent for Enoch Powell during the 1980s. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Jeffrey Donaldson, who has emerged as frontrunner to take over the DUP leadership, cut his political teeth as an election agent for Enoch Powell durin(...)

Jim Allister: he  “frightens” the DUP not because of the TUV’s potential to win elections but because of his power to disrupt the electoral landscape. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

As Edwin Poots found himself without a party on the tumultuous Thursday which ended in his resignation as DUP leader, one political opponent wasted no(...)

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