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# NI Protocol
Explainer: The high-stakes risks for the DUP as it threatens to collapse Stormont
The threat by the party’s leader was widely criticised by other parties in Northern Ireland.
# Jeffrey Donaldson
Taoiseach says EU wants 'solution' on NI Protocol after DUP leader threatens to force election
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said his party will collapse Stormont if their issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol are not resolved.
Donaldson announced his party’s withdrawal from north/south political structures established under the Good Friday Agreement.
He said DUP ministers will block the implementation of any additional checks at Northern Ireland ports when ongoing grace periods end.
EU says there will be no renegotiation of the Protocol, after UK suggests 'significant change'
Propaganda about the Protocol 'rife' among Loyalist communities
# The North
Donaldson tells Varadkar NI Protocol is ‘causing damage to political stability’
The Tanaiste met with Jeffrey Donaldson to assess post-Brexit arrangements and Covid recovery.
# The North
Varadkar meeting political leaders in Northern Ireland to discuss Brexit and Covid recovery
The Tánaiste is meeting Sinn Féin Finance Minister Conor Murphy and DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson.
# Northern Ireland
DUP slips behind unionist rivals UUP and TUV in opinion poll
A poll by Lucid Talk on behalf of the Belfast Telegraph shows support for the DUP has fallen by three percentage points since May.
# Paul Givan
NI First Minister vows to 'resist' Westminster move to set up abortion services
Secretary of State Brandon Lewis has directed ministers to take the steps to establish abortion services.
# The North
O'Neill says it is right for UK government to intervene on NI abortion services
The deputy First Minister said women had been failed in a “catastrophic way” by a lack of service provision during the pandemic.
# Shake Up
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson set to make changes to his Stormont team today
The DUP has been rocked by bitter divisions played out in public in recent weeks.
# Brexit
Jeffrey Donaldson: Boris Johnson 'needs to recognise' constitutional harm from the Protocol
Donaldson says he was ‘strive for’ what he says is a solution to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
NI Protocol - not DUP - threatens Stormont stability, Jeffrey Donaldson says
The new DUP leader today issued his first keynote speech to party members.
# Rocky Start
New DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson rocked by MLA resignation on first day
Alex Easton is leaving the party, blaming a lack of ‘respect, discipline or decency’.
# Poll
Even split among Northern Irish voters' support for Protocol
47% of respondents said the Protocol is appropriate for Northern Ireland, while the same number disagreed.
# The North
Jeffrey Donaldson says Irish Government must 'stop cheerleading for Protocol'
The MP has made clear his intent to return from Westminster to assume the First Minister’s job.
# Stormont
Mary Lou McDonald urges DUP to commit to ‘real powersharing’ in Northern Ireland
McDonald claimed that a DUP “failure to accept rights and equality” was a factor in the “political storm” that has hit unionism
# evening fix
Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# arise sir jeffrey
Jeffrey Donaldson confirmed as new DUP leader without contest
The Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he looks forward to “working constructively” with the new DUP leader.
# Brexit
Outgoing DUP leader Poots says he ‘has been promised significant victory’ over NI Protocol
The UK government and the EU are locked in a dispute over the implementation of the protocol.
# evening fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Northern Ireland
Jeffrey Donaldson confirms he will run to become next DUP leader
The Lagan Valley MP is not expected to be challenged following a bruising party leadership last month.
# chris hazzard
‘No Sinn Féin shopping list’ to facilitate appointment of next First Minister
MP Chris Hazzard has said Sinn Féin will have ‘no demands’ other than a commitment to agreements already made.
# Shake Up
Paul Givan told he will have to resign as First Minister when new DUP leader is appointed
Givan was only formally installed as the new First Minister on Thursday.
Arise, Sir Jeffrey? What happens next after the DUP meltdown?
Taoiseach seeks 'calm heads' as Michelle O'Neill calls on DUP to 'get their act together'
# poots gets the boot
Taoiseach seeks 'calm heads' as Michelle O'Neill calls on DUP to 'get their act together'
Edwin Poots announced last night he is to quit as as DUP leader after only three weeks.
# Northern Ireland
From the ousting of Arlene, to Poots getting the boot - here's the timeline of events
It’s been a hell of a few weeks in Northern Ireland politics. Here’s a quick catch-up.
# life after arlene
Edwin Poots is resigning as leader of the DUP, after three weeks in the role
The announcement came after a crunch meeting with senior members of the DUP this evening.
Poots did not speak to waiting reporters as he left the crunch meeting with party officers
The new DUP leader came under heavy fire after he nominated a First Minister despite a majority of his party objecting
Recently ousted leader Arlene Foster earlier tweeted that she "hoped everyone is having a great day"
From the ousting of Arlene, to Poots getting the boot - here's the timeline of events
# dup strife
DUP's Paul Givan installed as new First Minister despite opposition by party members at 'shambles' meeting
Poots said he was nominating Givan without “a precondition from Sinn Féin”.
Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill to continue in the role of Deputy First Minister
The Assembly is to continue after last night's UK government deal on the Irish language
DUP MPs and MLAs sought to pressure party leader Edwin Poots to hold off on a nomination
However, Poots nominated Givan and said it was without "a precondition from Sinn Féin"
Crisis averted in Northern Ireland after late night deal on Irish language
Sinn Féin holds talks with NI Secretary of State in bid to avert Stormont crisis
# Stormont
Crisis averted in Northern Ireland after late night deal on Irish language
The Tánaiste has said he welcomes the “agreement on an Irish Language Act going ahead”.
# The North
Sinn Féin holds talks with NI Secretary of State in bid to avert Stormont crisis
Brandon Lewis flew into Belfast for talks, saying he is exploring ‘all options’ in his efforts to keep powersharing on track.
# Stormont
DUP warns of threat to devolution from Irish language laws intervention
Paul Frew’s comments came as Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis faced calls from Sinn Fein to end the impasse.
# The North
Sinn Féin calls on UK Government to move Irish language laws through Westminster
The call comes as former DUP leader Arlene Foster stepped down as the North’s First Minister this morning.
# Van Morrison
UUP leader wants Ian Paisley to apologise in public for ‘dangerous’ chant
A row erupted after four gigs by Van Morrison at the Belfast hotel were cancelled at the last minute on Thursday.
Outgoing First Minister Arlene Foster speaks of regrets during time as North's leader
Foster said the coronavirus pandemic changed the administration’s course.
# Reshuffle
DUP's Paul Givan nominated to replace Arlene Foster as NI First Minister
New ministers are set to take up their posts on Monday.
Edwin Poots defends strategy following criticism from Peter Robinson over Foster's exit from DUP
Poots said: “What was good for Peter doesn’t seem to be good for anybody else.”
Edwin Poots says he will only unveil ministerial line-up when he's 'ready'
The new DUP leader denied there had been a delay in carrying out a reshuffle due to an internal rift within the party.
# Stormont
A row over the Irish language and the new First Minister has raised election talk in the North, what's it all about?
New DUP leader Edwin Poots won’t be putting himself forward but the new FM has not been confirmed.
# Stormont Executive
DUP and Sinn Fein urged to ‘keep powersharing show on the road’
Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie said the Stormont Executive ‘has to last’.
Arlene Foster confirms she will leave the DUP once she steps down as First Minister
Poots reiterated today that he has no plans to “push” Arlene Foster out of post as First Minister.
# Unionism
Backlash over Arlene Foster's ousting continues as Edwin Poots to be ratified as DUP leader
Agriculture Minister Poots narrowly defeated Jeffrey Donaldson MP.
# High Court
Dr Christian Jessen ordered to pay £125,000 to Arlene Foster for defamatory tweet
First Minister of Northern Ireland and outgoing DUP leader Arlene Foster had sued the celebrity medic for defamation.
# The North
DUP's Gregory Campbell alleges ‘illegality’ link in departure of two Sinn Féin MLAs
Martina Anderson and Karen Mullan were asked to consider their positions in April after a high level review.