Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that the Taoiseach made a mistake with his comment that he “could not deliver unionism”.
Tue, 10 Sep, 2019
Emergency financial measures to support Brexit-hit businesses and communities will form part of the budget, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed.
Mon, 02 Sep, 2019
One of the by-now-standard responses to British inconsistency on Brexit is exasperated impatience.
Mon, 30 Jul, 2018
Bowing out as leader of Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams’ denial of IRA involvement continues to anger many of his political contemporaries, but all acknowledge his skills in delivering a peace deal, writes Political Reporter Elaine Loughlin.
Sat, 10 Feb, 2018
The issue of the Irish border has "almost been weaponised" in the Brexit debate, former Ulster Unionist leader Reg Empey has warned.
Tue, 30 Jan, 2018
He was responding to Peter Hain's expected suggestion that Northern Ireland should be part of the same customs union and single market as the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.
Tue, 05 Sep, 2017
Did I blink during the RTÉ live coverage of Albert Reynolds’s funeral or did no prominent member of the unionist/loyalist community come to Dublin to pay their respects to the former taoiseach?
Thu, 28 Aug, 2014
The town of Newry is reeling, after the death of one of the North's wealthiest businessmen.
Fri, 14 Mar, 2014
Reg Empey has rightly pointed out that extending the right to Irish citizens that are not resident in the Republic is “dangerous stuff” and would lead to a vote in Northern Ireland for Dáil Éireann in Dublin.
Fri, 25 Oct, 2013
The failed Ulster Unionist and Conservative Party pact threw more money at the British general election than any of its opponents, it has been confirmed.
Thu, 02 Dec, 2010
The new leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) Tom Elliott has removed his predecessor Reg Empey from the Northern Ireland Executive, it was confirmed today.
Wed, 27 Oct, 2010
One of the North's leading Press and PR photographers John Harrison has died suddenly at his home.
Fri, 22 Oct, 2010
DRIVING along Belfast’s Ormeau Road on my way home from work recently, I spotted the early autumnal scene which signifies the arrival of a new academic year.
Thu, 14 Oct, 2010
The new leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) faced his first resignation today after he was accused of snubbing gaelic games.
Thu, 23 Sep, 2010
New Ulster Unionist Party leader Tom Elliott will meet party staff and officers today following his landslide victory.
UNIONIST leaders in the North have formally objected to the ESB’s planned takeover of Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE); a deal which was initially announced back in July.
Tue, 21 Sep, 2010
Up to 20 top business executives will attend the Northern Ireland economic investment conference in Washington DC, it was revealed today.
Mon, 20 Sep, 2010
Outgoing Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey today formally confirmed he will step down as the party’s figurehead next month.
Mon, 09 Aug, 2010
It is expected that Reg Empey will formally resign as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party next week.
Fri, 06 Aug, 2010
Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Tom Elliott confirmed today that he will run for the leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party.
Tue, 22 Jun, 2010
David Cameron flew into Belfast today for talks with the North’s political leaders.
Thu, 20 May, 2010
Calls for Peter Robinson to stand down are a desperate attempt to deflect attention from Ulster Unionist splits, Democratic Unionist Sammy Wilson MLA said today.
Sun, 16 May, 2010
Reg Empey today confirmed he will step down as Ulster Unionist leader in the autumn after a disappointing election campaign.
Sat, 15 May, 2010
Reg Empey is expected to stay on as Ulster Unionist leader following a meeting of senior members tomorrow.
Fri, 14 May, 2010
The North’s new Secretary of State Owen Paterson today held out the prospect of devolving corporation tax powers to the Stormont Assembly.
TWO minutes after the BBC’s exit poll was announced last Thursday night, Iain Dale, the Conservative commentator, blogged: “Don’t panic chaps and chapesses.
Wed, 12 May, 2010
Peter Robinson received unanimous backing from Democratic Unionist members of the Northern Ireland Assembly today following the loss of his East Belfast Westminster seat.
Mon, 10 May, 2010
THE leaders of Northern Ireland’s two main unionist parties were last night fighting for their political lives after the DUP’s Peter Robinson and the Ulster Unionists’ Reg Empey suffered humiliating defeats.
Sat, 08 May, 2010
WHILE Westminster minds are focused on the formation of a new UK government, politicians in the North are today wondering if the election results could destabilise their own coalition administration.
The future of Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson was in doubt today after the sensational General Election defeat of the First Minister of the powersharing executive at Stormont.
Fri, 07 May, 2010
The North’s First Minister Peter Robinson sensationally lost his Westminster seat for east Belfast today.
CONSERVATIVE leader David Cameron became one of the first people to fly into Northern Ireland yesterday as the return of the volcanic ash cloud failed to cancel his campaign plans.
Wed, 05 May, 2010
The North's First Minister Peter Robinson tonight quoted Shakespeare to dismiss questions over his involvement in a land deal as "much ado about nothing".
Fri, 02 Apr, 2010
The Ulster Unionist Party’s only MP resigned from the party today and announced her intention to stand in the general election as an independent.
Thu, 25 Mar, 2010
The decision of the Northern Ireland Assembly to agree to the devolution of policing and justice powers will build on the gains of the peace process, the British and Irish governments said today.
Tue, 09 Mar, 2010
The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted to devolve policing and justice powers from London.
The Northern Ireland Assembly is braced for a tense stand-off after the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) declared it will use a crunch vote today to reject the deal brokered to stabilise the power-sharing government.
Pressure was mounting on the Ulster Unionists today to drop their opposition to the landmark deal to devolve policing powers to the North after a new government poll indicated sizeable public support for the move.
Mon, 08 Mar, 2010
The UUP insisted today they remained opposed to the landmark agreement to devolve policing powers to the North despite weekend contact from the pro-deal US administration.
Sun, 07 Mar, 2010
Orangemen will be urged by their leaders today to back key parading proposals linked to the landmark deal to devolve law and order powers to the North.
Sat, 06 Mar, 2010
THE Ulster Unionists said that they would not be supporting the landmark deal to devolve policing powers to Northern Ireland at a crucial Assembly vote next week.
The Ulster Unionists said tonight that they would not be supporting the landmark deal to devolve policing powers to the North at a crucial Assembly vote next week.
Fri, 05 Mar, 2010
The Ulster Unionist Party’s sole MP Lady Sylvia Hermon today said she will “weigh up her options” after refusing to fight the next election under a joint banner with the Conservative Party.
Thu, 25 Feb, 2010
Daily meetings will be held to find a way forward on the North's parading dispute, the British government said today.
Tue, 09 Feb, 2010
The SDLP's Alban Maginness was today nominated to become the first justice minister in the Northern Ireland Executive.
THE 21-page Hillsborough Agreement sets out plans for devolving policing and justice powers, dealing with contentious loyal order parades and resolving outstanding issues facing the Stormont Executive.
Sat, 06 Feb, 2010
The 21-page Hillsborough Agreement sets out plans for devolving policing and justice powers, dealing with contentious loyal order parades and resolving outstanding issues facing the Stormont Executive.
Fri, 05 Feb, 2010
The North's political parties were under increasing pressure today to agree a deal to save the region's power-sharing government.
Wed, 03 Feb, 2010
A deal to save the North's power-sharing government was in sight today after “considerable progress” was made in securing the transfer of policing and justice powers from London to Belfast.
Sun, 31 Jan, 2010
Marathon talks to save the North's power-sharing government resumed today.
Sat, 30 Jan, 2010
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