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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’.
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
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
Polls and pandemics: How Northern Ireland's two leaders are facing defiance and disappointment
Both leaders have faced a difficult few weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DUP motion on abortion passed by Northern Ireland Assembly
The motion doesn’t impact or change Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation.
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”.
'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.
'Surprised, not shocked': What do the North's politicians make of the Sinn Féin surge?
Unionists and nationalists all agree that Sinn Féin is a powerful electoral force.
Foster urges new Northern Ireland secretary to 'revisit' scope of historical investigations unit
Plans to press ahead with the unit are being cited as a reason for Julian Smith’s sacking as Northern Ireland secretary.
British government outlines Troubles victims pension scheme but SF criticises 'hierarchy of victims'
Those convicted of playing a part in an incident in which they were injured will be denied access to the scheme.
Arlene Foster says she 'lost friends' because she went to Martin McGuinness' funeral
There was a negative reaction from the audience when she outlined her opposition to same sex marriage.
Northern Irish parties say 'no thanks' to £1,000 pay rise amid public anger
The leaders of the five main parties said they would seek to have the pay rise deferred.
The strangest thing about Northern Irish politics? There's a government, but no opposition
Some credit the short-lived opposition for helping to expose the ‘cash for ash’ scandal.
'Good Friday Agreement is working again': Varadkar and Johnson hail Assembly's return in Stormont visit
The UK Prime Minister was urged to follow through on funding commitments to Northern Ireland during his visit today.
Arlene Foster re-appointed First Minister as powersharing returns to Northern Ireland
A new powersharing deal was agreed by the North’s main parties last night.
Michelle O'Neill says it's up to UK and Ireland to ensure Stormont Assembly is 'sustainable'
Three years to the day since the collapse of the Assembly, the Sinn Féin leader in the North said talks are still “a work in progress”.
Day two of Stormont talks rumble on - but Sinn Féin is confident it will secure Irish language support
UUP leader Steven Aiken said he was unsure of how close the parties were to a deal.
Coveney says it's 'end game' as talks to restore power-sharing at Stormont resume
A snap election could be called if a deal is not reached by 13 January.
Why have parties in the North failed to agree a deal to restore Stormont?
Before Christmas, there had been hopes of a breakthrough in talks.
Coveney: Boris' trade talks deadline is just part of his 'Get Brexit Done' message
In a wide-ranging interview, Coveney says he isn’t trying to manoeuvre himself into a leadership contest with Leo Varadkar.
UK Northern Ireland secretary 'confident' about Stormont restoration following DUP meeting
The Northern Assembly has been shuttered for nearly three years and all previous attempts to restore it have collapsed.
DUP has prevented pre-Christmas deal to restore Stormont powersharing, Julian Smith says
Smith said he was “deeply disappointed” and urged the region’s largest party to reflect on its decision.
Differences between political parties in Northern Ireland are 'marginal', DUP's Edwin Poots says
A round table meeting involving all five of the main Stormont parties took place today.