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# Brexit
Northern Ireland-only backstop ruled out by Boris Johnson, says DUP
The party met with the UK prime minister today.
# Dispute
DUP calls for pictures of Queen Elizabeth to be reinstated in Stormont following reports they were removed
The DUP said it has raised the issue with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
# Belfast
Mary Lou McDonald says she told Boris Johnson 'to make sure he's not the DUP's gofer'
DUP leader Arlene Foster said that Johnson told them “talk of a border poll is not something he’s interested in entertaining”.
# Tit for tat
DUP's Sammy Wilson accuses Irish govt of being 'hysterical' and 'self-centred' over Brexit
Wilson was criticising comments made by Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Stormont yesterday.
# Brexit
Ian Paisley Jr accuses Coveney and Varadkar of 'unnecessarily aggressive' language
Varadkar said earlier today that Boris Johnson will have to “depart” from what he’s said recently if he wants a Brexit deal.
# Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson's Brexit comments 'unhelpful', Coveney says
The Tánaiste was meeting with new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith today.
# brexit deal
DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson says 'we are facing no deal' if EU doesn't compromise on backstop
Speaking yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will “do a new deal, a better deal”.
# backstop
Coveney says no-deal Brexit will be 'a disaster for us all'
The Tánaiste says he and others have worked for three years to avoid such a scenario.
# Interview
Andrew Adonis: Stormont won't be back by October - 'the DUP have evaded responsibility before'
“The great strength of Ireland is that the UK has not been negotiating with Ireland, but with the EU,” Adonis told
# Explainer
'The DUP didn't want this, but some will be relieved': What happens now in Northern Ireland?
These votes have been a long-time coming – but make the return of power-sharing much less likely.
# edenderry bonfire
DUP defends councillors who posed in front of tricolour-burning bonfire
The DUP said Tinsley attended the events in her own capacity, not as deputy mayor of Armagh.
# Brexit
Sammy Wilson: 'We know the Irish; if you stand up to them, they will take you seriously'
The DUP’s Brexit spokesman made his comments on BBC Radio 4 this morning.
# Brexit
The Irish government is 'driving us all' towards a no-deal Brexit, says DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson
In speech in Dublin, Donaldson re-iterated his party’s opposition to the backstop.
# new faces
Nationalist-unionist duopoly broken in Northern Ireland's MEP elections as three women take seats
The Alliance Party’s Naomi Long was elected with the DUP’s Diane Dodds and Martina Anderson of Sinn Féin.
# Cheshire Chief Constable
Met Police's Simon Byrne appointed as new PSNI Chief Constable
The former chief constable George Hamilton is retiring at the end of June.
# new talks
Fresh talks hope to revive power-sharing ... but marriage equality remains a major stumbling block
Sinn Féin has called on the UK and Irish governments to step in and take the reins if the new round of talks fail.
# The North
DUP wins most seats in the northern elections while the Alliance party makes major gains
The Alliance party, which claims to be neither nationalist or unionist, made the most gains in the election.
# Uk local elections
Alison Bennington becomes DUP's first openly gay candidate to be elected
Arlene Foster has said Bennington’s election doesn’t mean there will be a shift in the party’s policy on same-sex marriage.
# Crunch time
Talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing executive to be announced today
The talks are expected to begin after Northern Ireland’s local elections.
# implacable
McDonald and Foster feel the heat but do not concede on the issues blocking Stormont
Northern Ireland has been without an Executive since January 2017.
# Derry
'They must be brought to justice': Leaders of NI parties issue joint statement condemning killing of Lyra McKee
In a rare unified statement, the six leaders said the attack was also an attack on the members of the Derry community.
# Unionist
Nigel Dodds 'would stay in the EU rather than risk Northern Ireland's place in UK'
The DUP deputy leader said that he wanted Brexit to be delivered, but not if it would risk Northern Ireland’s status within the UK.
Theresa May's deal roundly rejected a third time
The UK had originally been due to leave the EU today – 29 March. But MPs are voting on May’s deal again instead.
# voisinage
Bill to allow Northern Irish boats to fish off Ireland's coasts approved by Dáil
Northern Ireland allows Irish boats to fish in its 0-6 mile zone off its coasts – but Ireland had no laws to reciprocate the same measure.
# Third Time Lucky
The third vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal is confirmed for tomorrow
The British Prime Minister has offered to resign if MPs back the twice-defeated Withdrawal Agreement.
# Brexit spokesperson
Jacob Rees-Mogg: 'I'm now willing to support Theresa May's deal if the DUP does'
Brexiteers have been clarifying their position today.
# Simon Coveney
EU Commission, Ireland and the UK 'have thought about' border issue, but no formal discussions
Coveney says whether there is a deal or no-deal, the way to resolve the border issue will be some form of regulatory alignment.
# dup says no
The DUP is not happy with Theresa May's 'humiliating' Brexit delay
It had been thought that the DUP were softening their stance towards the draft Brexit deal – until this statement today.
# England out
'Offensive and embarrassing': Coveney criticises McDonald for posing beside anti-English sign at parade
In response, Sinn Féin said the partition of Ireland is “divisive and offensive”.
# Brexit
Taoiseach: 'It is not going to be a case of everything being alright. Brexit is bad news'
The DUP is set to resume discussions with the British government on Monday ahead of an expected third Westminster vote.
# meaningful vote 3
Is the DUP moving from 'no' to yes? Dodds says they've had constructive talks with ministers
Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg said that he would support Theresa May’s deal if the DUP agreed to vote for it.
# Brexit
It's a 'no': DUP statement means Brexit deal less likely to pass in House of Commons tonight
A second vote on May’s Brexit deal is to take place later today.
Foster slams US mayor's award that pays tribute to McGuinness's 'military service'
The posthumous award from San Francisco’s mayor said it was to honour McGuinness’ “courageous service in the military”.
Sammy Wilson dismisses Northern Ireland civil servant's Brexit warning as 'a scare tactic'
David Sterling issued the warning in a letter to the country’s political parties.
# hard border
Impact of no-deal Brexit would be 'more severe' and last longer in Northern Ireland than anywhere else
The British government has warned that a no-deal scenario would likely have a negative impact in terms of trade and crime.
# Armagh
DUP abstains from vote on Sinn Féin motion opposing dumping of radioactive waste
The DUP councillors weren’t happy with Sinn Féin’s response to a proposed amendment.
# backstop
Sky News poll shows Brexit has damaged UK's reputation for majority of Irish people
Data showed that the majority of Irish people would rather cut ties with the UK than the EU.
# teflon
Ian Paisley Jr may be indestructible but he's increasingly becoming a sideshow
Revelations about the MP have been piling up of late.
# The Troubles
Arlene Foster criticised over assertion that 'we never had a hard border'
Foster insisted it was “a bit of a nonsense, frankly, to talk about a hard border”.
# an chéad dáil
'Not worthy of celebration': As Sinn Féin celebrates first Dáil, it's adamant it won't take part in Expo 100
Expo 100 is a celebration of one hundred years of Northern Ireland that will be held in 2021.