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# Stormont

Last year
DUP accused of 'thwarting democracy' as party blocks election of Stormont speaker
Here we go, or do we?
# Northern Ireland
Donaldson confirms DUP will not nominate Speaker, leaving Stormont Assembly unable to function
Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill has called the decision “shameful”.
The DUP leader is refusing to sit in Stormont until issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol are resolved.
Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill said the party are "disgracefully holding the public to ransom for their Brexit mess".
The UK Government has indicated that it is set to override parts of the post-Brexit agreement.
Jeffrey Donaldson cedes newly-won Stormont seat and opts to stay in UK parliament
Emma Little-Pengelly has been elected in the Lagan Valley constituency in Donaldson’s place.
# Brexit
Liz Truss ‘will not shy away’ from taking action on Northern Ireland Protocol
It is understood the British Cabinet minister is poised to take further action in the coming weeks if negotiations with the EU continue to stall.
# Stormont
Jeffrey Donaldson says he won't sit in Stormont Assembly 'until this Protocol issue is resolved'
Donaldson, who is an MP and can’t sit in both houses, says he’s staying in the House of Commons for now at least.
Doug Beattie says the lack of checks on Ukrainian refugees shows Protocol checks are also not needed
The UUP leader said it was “quite right” that refugees are not subject to checks
# Assembly election
DUP leader urged to nominate deputy first minister to restore executive
British Secretary of State Brandon Lewis is set to meet with the leaders of the Stormont parties tomorrow.
Brian Rowan: Sinn Féin and Alliance's success represents a political shift in Northern Ireland
The former BBC correspondent says the story of “two tribes” in the North is now being stretched out across a wider canvas.
# Assembly election
SDLP’s Nichola Mallon loses seat as Sinn Féin wins historic victory in Stormont election
Sinn Féin remains firmly on course to emerge as the largest Stormont party.
# Assembly election
Sinn Féin set for best Assembly election result with most first-preference votes
The Sinn Féin vice-president and the leaders of the DUP and Alliance Party were all elected on the first count in their constituencies.
Sinn Féin gains votes, on course to be largest party, Alliance and TUV also up
The first candidate was elected in Strangford this afternoon.
Brian Rowan: There's nothing dull about this election in Northern Ireland - it's hard to call
Six counties, 90 seats and 18 constituencies: Questions to be answered as Northern Ireland votes
# Stormont
What happens after count day? The real work begins on Government formation
Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill said it would be “absolutely unfathomable” that a new Executive would not be formed after today.
# Stormont
SDLP facing 'tough election' as Eastwood suggests nationalists looked to Sinn Féin first minister
The SDLP leader said voters wanted to “send a message to the DUP”.
Opinion: The DUP in this election began to look like the lost tribe of the British Empire
Peter Flanagan says the election in Northern Ireland has shown that Loyalist and British values are no longer the same.
# Northern Ireland
Stormont election: Voter turnout estimated at 54% as counting set to begin
The process is taking place to elect 90 MLAs to the devolved Stormont Assembly, with 239 candidates running.
# Stormont
Polling stations close across Northern Ireland in Stormont election with 54% turnout
The process will elect 90 MLAs to the devolved Stormont Assembly, with 239 candidates running.
Brian Rowan: There's nothing dull about this election in Northern Ireland - it's hard to call
The former BBC correspondent says every party is playing it safe and steady ahead of tomorrow’s vote.
# Stormont
Donaldson takes flak, and the rise of Alliance: The takeaways from tonight's NI Leaders' Debate
Voters in Northern Ireland will elect 90 MLAs on Thursday.
# Stormont
Six counties, 90 seats and 18 constituencies: Questions to be answered as Northern Ireland votes
Here are some of the main issues and themes that have dominated the election campaign.
# Stormont
Election result will send message over Northern Ireland Protocol, Donaldson says
Rallies took place in Ballymena, Co Antrim, and Bangor, Co Down, on Saturday in opposition to the post-Brexit protocol.
# Stormont Elections
Election candidate ‘gripped by throat’ while canvassing in Belfast
Hannah Kenny, of the People Before Profit party, said she had been left ‘deeply disturbed’ by the incident.
# Northern Ireland
Donaldson remains confident of winning Stormont election despite opinion poll
The latest LucidTalk poll puts 26% of support for Sinn Féin, ahead of 20% for the DUP.
# Stormont
Taoiseach says Northern Ireland politicians must return to power sharing after May election
Speaking this morning, Micheál Martin urged political parties to work “collectively” after the election.
# Stormont Election
Colum Eastwood: 'If you're frustrated and angry, come out and vote for something different'
“I think if people do that, we can see a real change at Stormont,” the SDLP leader said.
# ae 22
How likely is it that Sinn Féin wins the most Stormont seats - and what would that mean?
The Northern Ireland Assembly elections are on 5 May.
# euro 2028
Northern Ireland unable to back Euro 2028 bid currently, says Stormont minister
Gordon Lyons said a lack of a functioning powersharing Executive in Belfast means ministers cannot give ‘in principle’ support to the joint bid.
# period products bill
Politician breaks into song after Stormont passes period poverty legislation
The Period Products Bill places a duty on the Department for Communities to make period products available to those who need them.
# Northern Ireland
DUP leader accuses Sinn Féin of pushing ‘radical all-Ireland agenda’
Jeffrey Donaldson made the comments as his party ratified their Assembly candidates for the election in May.
# Northern Ireland
NI language legislation to be introduced at Westminster if Stormont fails, MP says
MPs held a debate on the Irish diaspora in Britain to mark St Patrick’s Day.
# Northern Ireland
Stormont stands in silence for victims of 'vile and unimaginable' institutional abuse
Abuse survivors will watch the apology in the Assembly chamber.
# Stormont
Growing pressure on DUP to renominate a first minister to release £300m budget funds
Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill described ‘a very forthright and very robust exchange’ at a meeting of party leaders on Thursday.
# Climate Change Bill
Assembly passes climate bill committing Northern Ireland to net zero by 2050
Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots said the ‘net zero’ target was just a “headline” and was unlikely to be achieved.
# Northern Ireland Protocol
Protocol has cast ‘long shadow’ over politics and life in Northern Ireland, Donaldson says
A Bipa meeting was told that the Stormont Executive would only be restored when issues surrounding the NI Protocol were resolved.
# Stormont
Politicians gather for funeral of DUP NI Assembly member Christopher Stalford
The 39-year-old father of four died suddenly last weekend.
# Northern Ireland
Michelle O'Neill says Stormont politicians must salvage what they can following DUP 'chaos'
Sinn Fein’s Stormont leader said parties met earlier to discuss how they can fast-track remaining legislation including on climate change.
# Northern Ireland
DUP refuses to say if it will support power-sharing after Stormont elections
The foreign affairs minister said it’s “enormously frustrating” for Northern Ireland’s other parties.
Brian Rowan: The DUP's move this week is ultimately an act of self-harm
The former BBC correspondent says recent political unrest in Northern Ireland follows a well-worn pattern.
Paul Givan resigns as First Minister of Northern Ireland
His resignation also triggers the resignation of Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill as Deputy First Minister.
Givan's resignation has also triggered Michelle O'Neill's as Deputy First Minister, leading Sinn Féin to call for a snap election.
The Taoiseach called the resignation a "very damaging move", while the UK's Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis urged the DUP to “reinstate their First Minister immediately”.
Opinion: Doug Beattie's tweets highlight the widespread misogyny in Northern Ireland politics
In order to tackle toxic masculinity in everyday life, we need political leaders to take ownership of their own actions, writes Emma DeSouza.
# The North
Stormont ministers agree to relax many Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland
They include ending the legal requirement for Covid certification to enter some hospitality venues and the reopening of nightclubs.