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DUP leader Arlene Foster at the count centre in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on Friday. The DUP’s seat tally dropped from 38 to 28 in the Assembly election, while Sinn Féin won 27. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Senior DUP politicians are standing by their leader Arlene Foster despite Sinn Féin narrowing the gap between the two parties to just one seat in the (...)

Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: ‘The onus is on the parties themselves. That is the essence of devolution.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin and the DUP have been told they will have to do the “heavy lifting” if the Stormont institutions are to be re-established following a second(...)

In the 90-member new Assembly there are 40 unionists (DUP, Ulster Unionists, Traditional Unionist Voice and independent unionist) and 39 nationalists (Sinn Féin and the SDLP). It is a long way from the 1921 election in the North, when Unionists also claimed 40 seats. That, however, was a 52-seat assembly.

In this election everything went right for Sinn Féin. It portrayed Arlene Foster as the ogre; she responded by casting Gerry Adams as the bogey man. (...)

Former DUP minister Jonathan Bell  is standing for re-election as an independent unionist. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

All eyes will be on the Strangford constituency in the upcoming Assembly election to see how rebel politician Jonathan Bell does against his old part(...)

Suspended DUP member Jonathan Bell: “Political life has been corrupted by spin.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Jonathan Bell whose “cash for ash” allegations helped trigger the political crisis in Northern Ireland is to face his former DUP colleagues in the As(...)

Jonathan Bell (left) is to run as an Independent in the Assembly elections, he has announced.

Jonathan Bell, whose cash for ash allegations helped trigger the political crisis in Northern Ireland, is to stand as an Independent in the Northern A(...)

The Renewable Heat Incentive scheme was set up to encourage businesses and other non-domestic users to move from using fossil fuels to renewable heating systems. File photograph: Getty Images

Hundreds of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) boiler owners secured permission to challenge plans to publish their names at the High Court in Belfast on (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: rejecting charges from political opponents and the media that she lacked humility, she said: “I believe the people of Northern Ireland know exactly who I am.”   Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she “will have to work” with the new Sinn Féin northern leader Michelle O’Neill if the Northern Ireland Executive and As(...)

Retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin will chair  inquiry into the RHI scheme. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin is to chair a public inquiry into the so-called “cash for ash” scheme. Northern Ireland Minister for Finance Máirtí(...)

Northern Ireland Minister for the Economy Simon Hamilton  said he had written to cash-for-ash claimants to advise them that their details would be made public on Wednesday. File photograph: PA Wire

Northern Ireland Minister for the Economy Simon Hamilton has insisted it is in the public interest to publish the details of recipients of the botche(...)

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