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The main political parties in Northern Ireland have failed to reach an agreement on power-sharing.

Parliament Buildings Stormont.   Photo: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

BLOG: NI power sharing talks

Coverage of the collapse of power sharing talks in Northern Ireland.


Poll: Have your say on power-sharing at Stormont

At 4pm today the deadline for restoring powersharing in Northern Ireland runs out.
Robin Swann pictured outside the Stormont talks yesterday. Photo: Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye

Swann to take over as Ulster Unionist leader without a contest

The Ulster Unionist Party’s new leader is set to be Robin Swann after he submitted his name yesterday (Friday) on the deadline for nominations – and not a single other candidate came forward.

Sinn Fein Lagan Valley candidate Dr Peter Doran with the party's Northern Ireland leader Michelle O'Neill

Election candidate says Martin McGuinness ‘transformed Irish politics for the better’

Sinn Féin’s Assembly election candidate for Lagan Valley, Dr Peter Doran, has hailed Martin McGuinness as “a political giant and an inspirational leader.”

Trevor Lunn MLA.

Martin McGuinness lived a life of two halves, says Alliance MLA

Lagan Valley MLA Trevor Lunn has said it’s important that people recognise Martin McGuinness’s contribution to the peace process.

Martin McGuinness was 66 years-old when he passed away in Derry on Tuesday.

Social Media: Reaction to Martin McGuinness’ death

Well known figures around the world have taken to social media to express their feelings on the death of Martin McGuinness.

Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness has died

Veteran Sinn Fein figure Martin McGuinness is dead.

This chart represents children aged four and under in 2011.
It stems from the 2011 census, and represents the answers parents gave when asked what religion the children were, or were being brought up in.
49.2% said Catholic, 36.4% Protestant or other Christian. 
The exact figures were 61,225 Catholics,  45,240 Protestants, 16,692 No religion, and 1,225 Other religion

Catholic population set to dwarf Protestants in years ahead

The loss of its outright majority at Stormont this month rocked political unionism, but statistics suggest it is something unionists must adjust to – and quickly.

Burning wood pellets

In full: List of non-domestic RHI claimants published today

After months of delay, the Department of the Economy has today published the names of most claimants under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

UUP leader, Mike Nesbitt and DUP leader, Arlene Foster.

Nesbitt: DUP endanger our future in the Union

Amid attempts to engineer unionist unity, outgoing Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has denounced the DUP as a party which “endangers our future”.

Jo-Anne Dobson

Defeated UUP woman Jo-Anne Dobson blames Nesbitt for her loss

Former Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson’s assertion that Mike Nesbitt was responsible for losing her Assembly seat has been backed by a senior member of the party.

Brenda Hale and Tony Blair

Widow’s anger over Tony Blair’s attendance at memorial unveiling

Tony Blair’s presence at the unveiling of a memorial to the fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan was akin to “walking on the graves” of the troops, army widow and ex-DUP MLA Brenda Hale has said.

Jenny Palmer

Politicians speak out to condemn threats against UUP woman

Assembly candidate Jenny Palmer has received widespread support after she was subjected to online threats and abuse following last week’s election result.

UUP representative Jenny Palmer. 
Pic by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye

I won’t be bowing down to cowards, says UUP woman

Ulster Unionist election candidate Jenny Palmer has said she won’t be forced out of frontline politics by threats and intimidation.

The flag of the European Union.

What does Brexit mean for women’s rights?

Millions around the world gathered together, on streets and on social media, to campaign for equality, diversity, and inclusion during last month’s Women’s March.

The DUP's Brenda Hale pictured at the count at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.

Pic by Philip Magowan, Press Eye

‘We need greater cooperation for sake of unionist family’

Defeated DUP election candidate Brenda Hale has called for “greater cooperation for the sake of the unionist family.”

Jenny Palmer

Jenny Palmer ‘vulnerable’ after receiving online threats

Ulster Unionist Jenny Palmer has come under attack on social media from an individual accusing her of splitting unionism in Lagan Valley.

Alan McQuillan had been a member of the Independent Financial Review Panel, which is now no longer functioning

Stop MLAs’ pay under direct rule, Brokenshire urged

MLAs should only be paid for a maximum of three months if direct rule from Westminster become necessary.

The SDLP's Pat Catney giving his acceptance speech at the Lagan Valley count. Pic by Declan Roughan

‘Let’s get together and make Northern Ireland work’ - Catney

Lagan Valley’s surprise package, SDLP man Pat Catney, has described his election to the Northern Ireland Assembly as “unbelievable”.

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