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# stepping down
Arlene Foster says she hasn't seen letter of no confidence or spoken to those who moved to oust her
The 50-year-old announced her resignation on Wednesday.
Edwin Poots announces he is running for the leadership of the DUP
His likely opponents include MPs Jeffrey Donaldson and Gavin Robinson.
# Northern Ireland
Who are the potential contenders to replace Arlene Foster as DUP leader?
It is not clear if the next leader will enjoy a coronation, or whether there will be more than one candidate vying for the party’s top job.
# the dup
'A difficult day': Reaction as Arlene Foster announces she is to step down as leader of the DUP
There has been growing discontentment over Foster’s handling of Brexit and the NI Protocol.
Foster will step down as Northern Ireland's First Minister at the end of June.
There has been growing discontentment with Foster's handling of Brexit negotiations and the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Foster has been the leader of the DUP since 2015.
# The heave
These are the party pressure points that led to Arlene Foster's decision to quit as DUP leader
Foster bowed to the inevitable today and confirmed she would quit – here’s why.
Potential DUP leadership contender pulls out of North-South meeting
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said he hopes the meeting can go ahead.
Brian Rowan: Arlene's feathers are ruffled today, but the DUP itself is under pressure
Former BBC correspondent Brian Rowan looks at the embattled DUP leader’s position today.
# Leadership Heave
DUP insists leadership an ‘internal’ matter amid reported heave against Foster
Arlene Foster has played down suggestions her position is under threat with her handling of Brexit being blamed for the heave murmurings.
# The North
DUP not boycotting north-south meetings in protest over NI Protocol, Foster says
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood accused the DUP of ‘childish’ behaviour.
# unrest
Arlene Foster: Loyalist concerns cannot be dismissed as ‘nonsense’
Foster said some claims of unfair treatment were not true but she said perceptions must be addressed.
Opinion: The violence this week was choreographed by criminal gangs using children as fodder
Emma DeSouza says the unrest in the North is not a failure of peace but a failure of leadership.
# Explainer
Loyalist anger at post-Brexit trade rules among factors in Northern Ireland disorder
It took an event unrelated to the Irish Sea border furore to set a match to simmering tensions
# Simon Byrne
PSNI chief due before policing board over decision not to prosecute after Storey funeral
The Northern Ireland Assembly is also due to convene today for an emergency sitting to discuss the controversy.
# bobby storey
Bobby Storey funeral: North's prosecution service confirms review of decision not to pursue individuals
The funeral was one of the most controversial events to occur during the pandemic in the North.
# brandon lewis
NI secretary urges Stormont to roll out abortion services before he orders executive to do so
Brandon Lewis could have the power to rollout services from London next month.
# Abortion
British government to intervene in bid to end Northern Ireland abortion stand-off
Abortion laws in the region were liberalised by MPs at Westminster in 2019.
# NI Protocol
DUP not considering collapsing Stormont in protest over NI Protocol, Minister says
One of the party’s Stormont ministers said such a move would be ‘counter-productive’.
# Northern Ireland
DUP will ‘vigorously oppose’ fresh Westminster intervention over abortion laws
The UK Government has stated disappointment that full abortion services have not yet been commissioned in Northern Ireland
# transport link
Bridge or tunnel between NI and Scotland is a ‘smokescreen for Brexit fallout', says Michelle O’Neill
O’Neill has dismissed the possibility of a link between NI and Scotland as a “pipe dream”.
# Brexit
Arlene Foster calls for 'disastrous' Northern Ireland Protocol to be dismantled
Foster has warned of an avalanche of checks on goods coming in to the region after grace periods end.
# Stormont Executive
DUP minister halts construction work on Brexit inspection posts at NI ports
DUP minister for agriculture Gordon Lyons has also stopped any further recruitment of inspection staff.
Neale Richmond: Unionist push against NI Protocol is the wrong move at the wrong time
Neale Richmond says the legal action by unionists is ill-judged and will further entrench political views.
# these islands
Taoiseach says there are 'benefits and opportunities' to NI Protocol as unionists launch legal action against it
The protocol was agreed by the UK and EU as a way to keep the Irish border flowing freely post-Brexit.
Martin welcomed efforts by the UK and EU to find a solution
The legal action claims the protocol breaches the Act of Union and the Good Friday Agreement
Virtual debate at Westminster on the protocol later today
NI Protocol ‘only way to protect the Good Friday Agreement’, EU official says
Arlene Foster calls Simon Coveney 'tone deaf to unionist concerns' as talks start over NI Protocol
DUP launches legal challenge against Northern Ireland Protocol
A group of DUP members have engaged senior legal counsel to prepare for a series of challenges to the protocol.
# article 16
DUP call to trigger Article 16 to be debated at Westminster
Arlene Foster said unionist anger and concern over the Northern Ireland Protocol must be heard.
# Gregory Campbell
Foster says DUP ‘absolutely committed to racial equality’ after Campbell comments
The party’s East Londonderry MP has been accused of ‘race-baiting’ and anti-racism campaigners called on Gregory Campbell to apologise.
# Gregory Campbell
Democratic Unionist Party MP criticised for 'race-baiting' social media post
Campbell made the post on 31 January complaining about the BBC’s Songs of Praise.
# dr tom black
Taoiseach says DUP was 'wrong' to use cross-community veto on public health measures
The DUP had disagreed with other parties in the Stormont Executive on continuing the Covid-19 restrictions after today.
# stormont deadlock
'Not the time to play politics': Businesses and unions unhappy with Stormont deadlock over lockdown measures
Some businesses plan to reopen regardless of what the Executive decides.
# Centenary
Major funding for NI centenary set to be announced, as local politicians push for greater role in planning
Department of Foreign Affairs officials have been involved in meetings planning the centenary events.
# Stormont
Polls and pandemics: How Northern Ireland's two leaders are facing defiance and disappointment
Both leaders have faced a difficult few weeks.
# going underground
DUP MP Sammy Wilson 'offering no excuse' after he was photographed not wearing a face mask on London Tube
Those caught not wearing a mask on public transport in London can face a £200 fine.
# EU deal
The DUP claims the Northern Ireland protocol makes the North 'Europe’s pawn'
The party said extra paperwork and EU customs declarations are consequences which will cost the community and business dear.
Brexit deal and Northern Ireland arrangements should be 'scrapped', says Sammy Wilson
The DUP MP appeared to contradict his party leader Arlene Foster.
# Belfast
Victim of Troubles-era bomb to take legal action over delay on victims' pensions
Jennifer McNern is taking a judicial review case against the Northern Ireland Executive.
# mick mulvaney
US envoy praises Northern Ireland as it's 'done a really good job' of tackling Covid-19
Mick Mulvaney said that the Northern Irish parties had all worked well together.
# covid restrictions
Mary Lou McDonald says Michelle O’Neill does not need to stand aside over attendance at Bobby Storey funeral
Police are investigating potential breaches of lockdown rules at the funeral.
# Northern Ireland
DUP motion on abortion passed by Northern Ireland Assembly
The motion doesn’t impact or change Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation.
# Northern Ireland
Sinn Féin to oppose DUP's motion against abortion in cases of non-fatal disabilities
The motion “rejects the imposition of abortion legislation which extends to all non-fatal disabilities, including Down’s syndrome”.
# ashes to ashes
'Cash for ash': Everything you need to know about the scandal that collapsed Stormont
The DUP is expected to be criticised heavily when the RHI report is published on Friday.