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(...)

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson arrives at the party’s headquarters in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

DUP party officers are expected to meet as early as Saturday to agree a timetable for choosing a new party leader. Jeffrey Donaldson is widely regar(...)

Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill outside Parliament Buildings, Belfast, on Thursday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland Assembly has been brought back from the brink of what would have been a sixth collapse with a late-night announcement of a deal o(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar speaks to the media at Dublin Zoo on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party leader speeches to ardfheiseanna don’t tend to rely too much on nuance. The rhetoric is ramped up and the message is delivered with a good thump(...)

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar feeding the sealions during a visit to Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

UK northern secretary Brandon Lewis has criticised Fine Gael leader and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s comments about the prospect of a united Ireland as “un(...)

Under Stormont rules, once Arlene  Foster (right) ceased to hold office, the Sinn Féin deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill is also no longer in her post. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty

The DUP and Sinn Féin have seven days to nominate a first and deputy first minister in order to avert a political crisis at Stormont. The countdown (...)

Former first minister Arlene Foster leaving Stormont Castle in Belfast. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Former DUP leader Arlene Foster called on members of the Northern Ireland Assembly to be “good neighbours” and to respect each other’s identities as s(...)

DUP leader Edwin Poots at the British-Irish Council summit in Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, on Friday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

“I’m worried,” says Katie Armstrong, an 18-year-old student among the throng of shoppers under the vast glass dome of Belfast’s Victoria Square shoppi(...)

Dublin will be encouraged by the fact that, beneath his reputation as a conservative hardliner and his bellicose rhetoric, Poots has also shown a pragmatic streak. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Most political leaders, having narrowly taken the helm of a divided party, would move to mend relations and proclaim unity. Not Edwin Poots. Having wo(...)

Designated first minister and DUP MLA for Lagan Valley Paul Givan at Stormont. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The pity of Edwin Poots’s new ministerial team is that the choice nearly works. Designated first minister Paul Givan, education minister Michelle McI(...)

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