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Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# First Minister

This year
# Scottish First Minister
Humza Yousaf to be confirmed as Scotland’s next first minister after winning SNP leader race
The 37-year-old will be formally elected by MSPs as Scotland’s sixth first minister today.
# First Minister
Humza Yousaf promises to bring 'independence for Scotland' as he's elected SNP leader in tight vote
Nicola Sturgeon announced in February that she would resign after more than eight years.
Last year
Dublin property price ceilings under First Home Scheme to increase to €475,000
A report by
Christina Finn
Maximum property price ceilings are to increase from 1 January.
Maximum property price ceilings under the First Home Scheme for every county are to increase on 1 January, Political Correspondent Christina Finn reports.
Price caps for Dublin City; Cork City; Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, and South Dublin are to increase from €450,000 to €475,000.
Since its launch in July, 2,400 people have registered under the scheme.
Rory Hearne: The housing game is rigged and it's time we called it out
Housing minister welcomes mortgage rule change but concerns raised about house price increases
# NI politics
DUP can't give timetable for return to powersharing at Stormont, Donaldson says
His comments came ahead of the latest attempt to restore Stormont by way of a recalled sitting of the Assembly.
# 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.
All time
NI Protocol - not DUP - threatens Stormont stability, Jeffrey Donaldson says
The new DUP leader today issued his first keynote speech to party members.
Outgoing First Minister Arlene Foster speaks of regrets during time as North's leader
Foster said the coronavirus pandemic changed the administration’s course.
# Scotland
'We did not get this right': Sturgeon apologises to pupils over downgraded exam results
Pass rates for pupils in the most deprived data zones were reduced by 15.2% – for pupils from the most affluent backgrounds the reduction was 6.9%.
# Brexit
Arlene Foster says she fears Brexit trade talks ‘are not going particularly well’
The NI First Minister said she wants to see a trade deal agreed.
# Trial
Alex Salmond trial over sexual assault accusations due to begin today
The former first minister of Scotland is facing 14 charges of alleged offences against 10 women.
# dup leader
Police investigating 'beheading' threats made against Arlene Foster
The threats have been condemned by former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
# cash for ash
McGuinness resignation: The latest chapter in a remarkable political career
Martin McGuinness’s career to date has seen some surprising twists.
# Arlene Foster
Pressure mounts on North's First Minister to resign after energy scheme scandal
The flawed Renewable Heat Incentive scheme cost the Northern Irish taxpayer around £400 million.
# Everyday sexism
'Her second most important job': One politician's take on the North's first female leader
Edwin Poots has found himself in bother after his congratulatory speech.
# health concerns
DUP leader Peter Robinson has been admitted to hospital
His party says it’s “a precautionary measure”.
# will he stay or go
Cameron orders review of secret IRA deal after Peter Robinson’s resignation threat
The Northern Ireland Assembly is to be recalled tomorrow to discuss Peter Robinson’s concerns about protection for IRA suspects.
# Investigation
Man charged over death threats to Peter Robinson
The 34-year-old man is alleged to have made the threat by phone on Wednesday as tensions remained high in Northern Ireland.
# Unionism
Grand Secretary of Orange Order calls image 'outrageous and unacceptable'
Drew Nelson was responding to a photograph which appeared to show a bandsman urinating outside a Catholic church during Saturday’s marches.
# Northern Ireland
Why can't Northern Ireland have a Sinn Féin First Minister?
Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley agree: there’s no reason for a republican not to hold the top job.