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Jonathan Bell claimed a senior civil servant in the Department for the Economy told him that had DUP special advisers not interfered in the RHI scheme, its cost could have been halved. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The DUP has dismissed a claim that a brother of a party special adviser had a job installing boilers under the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive (...)

Martin McGuinness and his successor Michelle O’Neill  at Stormont on Monday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Stormont has a third woman leader of a Northern Ireland political party. There was great fanfare at Parliament Buildings on Monday when Gerry Adams c(...)

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Sinn Féin finance minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said he is planning a “no hiding place inquiry” into the “cash for ash” controversy which led to th(...)

Members of Sinn Fein  in the Great Hall at Stormont, Belfast. Outgoing Minister for Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has announced a public inquiry into the North’s Renewable Heat Incentive controversy.  File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Outgoing Sinn Féin Minister for Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has announced that he is to institute a public inquiry into the North’s Renewable Heat Inc(...)

Dr Andrew McCormick gives evidence to the public accounts committee in the Assembly, Stormont, on Wednesday. Photograph: PA Wire

A senior Stormont civil servant has named a DUP special adviser who he suspected was involved in exerting pressure to continue the overgenerous cash-(...)

Simon Hamilton: The North’s Economy Minister said the labour market statistics contain “positive messages”. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The number of people out of work in Northern Ireland rose to 50,000 in the three months to November. This pushed the North’s jobless rate up to 5.6 pe(...)

John Robinson has confirmed his now father-in-law availed of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, having earlier denied a family link to the scheme. Photograph: Getty

A DUP special adviser has confirmed that his now father-in-law availed of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. On Monday, John Robinson, a form(...)

Former minister for health Edwin Poots accuses opposition Assembly members of mounting a “hate campaign” against  former first minister. Photograph: Kevin Boyes

 The Ulster Unionist Party has asked the PSNI chief constable George Hamilton to investigate claims that there was fraud involving some of the r(...)

Stormont Parliament  at dusk in Belfast, Northern Ireland, January 16th, 2017. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The British and Irish governments have appealed to all political parties to fight a calm and respectful election campaign in Northern Ireland after (...)

 Northern Secretary  James Brokenshire said he was trying to determine if there was a way to avoid   elections. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A new plan to reduce the cost of the “cash for ash” heat scheme in the North will be fairly assessed, the Sinn Féin Minister for Finance Máirtín Ó Mui(...)

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