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# Assembly election
Sinn Féin set for best Assembly election result with most first-preference votes
The Sinn Féin vice-president and the leaders of the DUP and Alliance Party were all elected on the first count in their constituencies.
# Stormont
What happens after count day? The real work begins on Government formation
Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill said it would be “absolutely unfathomable” that a new Executive would not be formed after today.
Opinion: The DUP in this election began to look like the lost tribe of the British Empire
Peter Flanagan says the election in Northern Ireland has shown that Loyalist and British values are no longer the same.
# Stormont
Polling stations close across Northern Ireland in Stormont election with 54% turnout
The process will elect 90 MLAs to the devolved Stormont Assembly, with 239 candidates running.
# Assembly election
Here's how much the North's parties spent on ads on Facebook ahead of the Assembly election
Over £30,000 has been spent by the five main parties during the election campaign.
Brian Rowan: There's nothing dull about this election in Northern Ireland - it's hard to call
The former BBC correspondent says every party is playing it safe and steady ahead of tomorrow’s vote.
# Stormont Elections
Northern Ireland party leaders clash over border poll and Protocol in TV election debate
The leaders of the five largest parties in Northern Ireland participated in the UTV Election Debate show.
# Stormont
Election result will send message over Northern Ireland Protocol, Donaldson says
Rallies took place in Ballymena, Co Antrim, and Bangor, Co Down, on Saturday in opposition to the post-Brexit protocol.
# Northern Ireland
Donaldson remains confident of winning Stormont election despite opinion poll
The latest LucidTalk poll puts 26% of support for Sinn Féin, ahead of 20% for the DUP.
# Northern Ireland
Unionists must unite to oppose Northern Ireland Protocol, says Donaldson
The DUP leader was addressing a rally against the protocol in Castlederg.
# Assembly
NI politician Jim Wells resigns from DUP after 46 years
The former NI health minister told the BBC Nolan Show that he could not support the DUP’s Assembly candidate in South Down.
# Assembly Elections
People are not waking up thinking about Irish unity, says Sinn Féin's Michelle O’Neill
The Sinn Fein Stormont leader said the day would come when people voted on reunification but she said her present focus was the cost-of-living crisis.
# ni
UK government to prepare to ensure availability of abortion services in Northern Ireland
Secretary of State Brandon Lewis has set out the legislative options being explored in a written ministerial statement.
# First Minister
McDonald says Donaldson's refusal to renominate First Minister is 'astonishing'
Jeffrey Donaldson has urged Executive parties to focus on efforts to release £300m to ease the cost of living crisis.
# Stormont
Growing pressure on DUP to renominate a first minister to release £300m budget funds
Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill described ‘a very forthright and very robust exchange’ at a meeting of party leaders on Thursday.
Northern Ireland politicians to gather to pay tribute to Christopher Stalford
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said the party was still in shock following the sudden death of the father of four.
# Protocol
Jeffrey Donaldson says EU must drop pretence that 'protocol is protecting peace'
Donaldson said unionism is ‘rapidly losing faith’ that a negotiated solution can be found on the trading arrangements.
# stormont crisis
Stormont cannot strike three-year budget amid current crisis, minister says
The draft budget had proposed a 10% cash increase to health spending.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is the Protocol costing Northern Ireland's economy £2.5 million every day?
DUP Leader Jeffrey Donaldson has made the claim multiple times in recent weeks.
# Northern Ireland
DUP refuses to say if it will support power-sharing after Stormont elections
The foreign affairs minister said it’s “enormously frustrating” for Northern Ireland’s other parties.
Brian Rowan: The DUP's move this week is ultimately an act of self-harm
The former BBC correspondent says recent political unrest in Northern Ireland follows a well-worn pattern.
# Injunction
Belfast judge suspends DUP decision to halt checks at Northern Ireland ports
The decision has been suspended until a judicial review against Edwin Poots’ order can be heard in full.
# Explainer
What happens to Stormont now that Paul Givan has resigned as First Minister?
The resignation comes amid a festering row over the Northern Ireland Protocol and with elections looming.
Paul Givan resigns as First Minister of Northern Ireland
His resignation also triggers the resignation of Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill as Deputy First Minister.
Givan's resignation has also triggered Michelle O'Neill's as Deputy First Minister, leading Sinn Féin to call for a snap election.
The Taoiseach called the resignation a "very damaging move", while the UK's Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis urged the DUP to “reinstate their First Minister immediately”.
# The Protocol Row
Explainer: What has led Edwin Poots to halt Brexit agri-checks at Northern Ireland ports?
Poots claims he no longer has the legal authority to continue the Protocol checks – but local politics is also at play.
# jim shannon
DUP MP overcome with emotion over family tragedy as he asks Commons 'lockdown party' question
Jim Shannon revealed that his mother-in-law died alone due to Covid-19 restrictions.
# Northern Ireland
Liz Truss on same page as DUP in fresh approach to NI Protocol, Donaldson says
Donaldson said her pledges to reform the post-Brexit trading mechanisms need to be backed up with actions.
# Diane Dodds
Twitter suspends account which mocked death of DUP MLA’s disabled son
Diane Dodds welcome the move but said Twitter must act to protect users from online abuse.
# Brexit
DUP warn Liz Truss of ‘major implications’ unless Protocol progress made
Boris Johnson has vowed to ‘maximise the benefits of Brexit’ in 2022.
All time
# Swann song
Sammy Wilson branded ‘moronic fool’ over Christmas carol tweet on Covid
Ulster Unionist party leader Doug Beattie criticised the East Antrim MP for a tweet that singled out UUP Health Minister Robin Swann.
# Northern Ireland
Jeffrey Donaldson tests positive for Covid-19
The DUP leader announced the news on Twitter today.
# State of the Union
'A lot of people feel they’re not being listened to': What do NI's unionists want after Brexit?
Not all unionists are opposed to the Protocol – so how will their politics change in the years ahead?
# Brexit
DUP leader urges continued focus on push to remove ‘Irish Sea border’
The UK Brexit Minister David Frost described last week a “significant” gap remaining between the UK and the EU.
# Northern Ireland Protocol
DUP says EU proposals on NI Protocol 'fall far short of the fundamental change needed'
Sinn Féin welcomed the “far-reaching” EU plans published this evening.
# Jeffrey Donaldson
DUP leader against ‘having to accept laws of court over which we have no control’
Jeffrey Donaldson was responding after a High Court ruling over his party’s boycott of north-south meetings.
# The North
Donaldson tells DUP members he won't shy away from 'difficult decisions' in coming months
Jeffrey Donaldson said the economic and constitutional integrity of the UK was at risk.
# The North
Unionist leaders sign joint declaration opposing Northern Ireland Protocol
The protocol was agreed by the UK and EU as a way to maintain a free-flowing land border on the island of Ireland after Brexit.
# Criticism
DUP claims Michael D Higgins has ‘set back north-south relations’ by not attending service
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has criticised Michael D Higgins.
Jeffrey Donaldson hopes Michael D Higgins will rethink decision to miss centenary service
Donaldson said it was a “retrograde step” in terms of reconciliation.
# Northern Ireland
DUP leader fears ‘further unrest’ on streets of Northern Ireland over protocol
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the protocol is “creating significant political instability”.