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This week
19th March 2023 - 24th March 2023
# windsor framework
SDLP may abstain on 'Stormont brake' vote, with Colum Eastwood saying it 'muddies the water'
The brake would allow a minority of MLAs at Stormont to formally flag concerns about the imposition of new EU laws in Northern Ireland.
Last month
February 2023
# Northern Ireland
'The end has come': Despair as insurance costs cancel Northern Ireland road racing season
It is not yet clear if road racing events in the south will go ahead.
# Tayto
Top Tory Tom Tugendhat performs U-turn after tripping up over Tayto tweet
Minister of State Tom Tugendhat referred to Tayto preferences as “an ecumenical matter”.
Last year
# hate crime
Desecration of wreaths and tributes at site of Co Down atrocity condemned
18 British soldiers were killed at Narrow Water in an IRA bomb attack in 1979.
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
Here's how much the North's parties spent on ads on Facebook ahead of the Assembly election
Over £30,000 has been spent by the five main parties during the election campaign.
# The North
Ulster Unionist leader Doug Beattie vows not to be intimidated after office attack
His constituency office was targeted hours after he criticised loyalist rallies against the Northern Ireland Protocol.
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.
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# State of the Union
'A lot of people feel they’re not being listened to': What do NI's unionists want after Brexit?
Not all unionists are opposed to the Protocol – so how will their politics change in the years ahead?
# Northern Ireland
DUP slips behind unionist rivals UUP and TUV in opinion poll
A poll by Lucid Talk on behalf of the Belfast Telegraph shows support for the DUP has fallen by three percentage points since May.
# Van Morrison
UUP leader wants Ian Paisley to apologise in public for ‘dangerous’ chant
A row erupted after four gigs by Van Morrison at the Belfast hotel were cancelled at the last minute on Thursday.
# Stormont Executive
DUP and Sinn Fein urged to ‘keep powersharing show on the road’
Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie said the Stormont Executive ‘has to last’.
# Northern Ireland
Steve Aiken to resign as leader of Ulster Unionist Party
Aiken will remain in his post until a successor is chosen.
# bobby storey
UUP leader questions inspectorate probe into PSNI’s handling of Storey funeral
Steve Aiken likened the review to ‘marking the police service’s own homework’.
# Northern Ireland
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.
# Results
Here's a list of MPs elected in Northern Ireland
The latest results from the 18 constituencies in the North.
# Brexit
Sinn Féin MP says unionist farmers will help her keep her seat in general election
Michelle Gildernew will be trying to keep her seat against the UUP’s Tom Elliot in the famously closely fought constituency.
# intimidation
Northern Ireland’s police chief appeals for calm during upcoming UK general election
His comments come as officers continue to investigate telephone threats made to Ulster Unionist Party.
# pact
DUP to step aside and support UUP candidate in Fermanagh
Arlene Foster said she believes in unionist co-operation.
# Belfast
Investigation launched over threats towards Ulster Unionist Party staff
The DUP has also condemned the alleged intimidation.
# Northern Ireland
'It's all over the place': What next for the Ulster Unionist Party?
UUP leader Robin Swann announced that he was stepping down this week.
Robin Swann to step down as leader of Ulster Unionists
Swann will remain in the role until the party’s next annual general meeting in 2020.
# 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.
# Lord Kilclooney
'I thought it was a parody': Varadkar reacts to Lord's tweet calling him 'typical Indian'
Lord Kilclooney’s remark was met with condemnation and he received a significant amount of backlash online.
# 20 years on
Explainer: What is the Good Friday Agreement?
The 20th anniversary of the landmark deal is being marked – here’s what’s in it.
# Beware the ides of March
Arlene Foster says all is well in the DUP despite rumours of revolt
Unionist parties have lost their absolute majority for the first time since partition in 1921.
# three week deadline
'We can’t have another groundhog day at Stormont': Gerry Adams weighs in on Northern election
If talks on forming a government collapse, a possible return to direct rule from Westminster is on the table.
# Get smart fast
The Northern Ireland elections explained, in five controversies
Voters go to the polls tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know.
# don't copy the south
Northern Ireland's election is happening today, but will there be any change?
The polls are open in the assembly elections in Northern Ireland.
# loggerheads
The UUP and the DUP are on different sides of the great Brexit debate
The UUP announced today that they want the UK to stay in the EU.
# haven't gone away
Provisional IRA members leafleting and electioneering for Sinn Féin - report
Two reports into the current status of the Provisional IRA have been published today. Here’s what they say…
# crisis point
Explainer: What on earth is going on in Northern Ireland?
With the executive on the brink of collapse, what are the likely outcomes?
# The IRA debate
'How dare she': Joan Burton hits back at Mary Lou
The debate over the status of the IRA rages on, with rounds of meetings today in Dublin, London and Belfast.
# The IRA debate
Peter Robinson is back from his holidays and he's taking aim at the UUP
The first minister’s back on the scene – and he’s had a thing or two to say about the raging IRA debate.
# Pulling out
UUP to withdraw from Executive: 'We will not stay while Sinn Féin ignores IRA murders'
Mike Nesbitt said a vote will be taken by the party executive on Saturday.
# standing together
"I want to see unionists cooperating": DUP and UUP sign historic election pact
It’s across four constituencies.
# Flegs
DUP and UUP fanned flames of violent flag riots but lost control
Research from Queen’s says the parties did more than anyone to heighten tensions.
# Election 14
Here’s a crash course on how the European Elections are shaping up in Northern Ireland
Haven’t been following the race up North? Here’s a taster.
# War of Words
"A deception by omission" - Robinson says the DUP was misled over 'on-the runs'
Martin McGuinness disagrees saying that if the DUP’s outbusts are about appeasing hardline unionists and electioneering.
# edged out
'Chuckling' relationship with McGuinness hastened my departure --- Paisley
The former DUP leader has detailed how senior party figures edged him out as First Minister of Northern Ireland.