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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.

Former Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Thomas Hogg MBE, pictured wearing his Royal Irish Regiment tie.

DUP man set to embark on Afghan tour of duty

Former Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Thomas Hogg MBE, will be exchanging the council chamber for the battlefield as he prepares to travel to Afghanistan with the Royal Irish Reserves.

Martin McGuinness. Picture by Lorcan Doherty Press Eye

One minute silence to be observed in memory of Martin McGuinness

Members of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are set to observe a one minute silence as a mark a respect following the death of former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.


MP expresses shock after attack in London

South Antrim MP Danny Kinahan has expressed shock at today’s incidents in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster which have resulted in Parliament being put into lockdown.

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.

Oliver McMullan. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Sinn Fein candidate says thanks for support

Former Sinn Fein MLA Oliver McMullan has thanked his supporters for their votes during the recent Assembly election.

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”.

David Ford said Alliance would not nominate one of its MLAs as speaker

Ford rules himself out as a potential Assembly speaker and backs reform

One of the favourites to fill the position of Assembly speaker has ruled himself out – and called for a radical overhaul of the office.

Councillors call foul on dog mess issue

Councillors call foul on dog mess issue

A call was made during a recent council meeting for more prosecutions for dog owners who do not pick up their dog’s mess.

Declan Kearney MLA pictured at the site.

MLA hits out after bonfire material dumped in housing estate

Sinn Féin’s South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has rounded on those responsible for gathering bonfire material on open ground owned by the NIHE at a Dublin Road estate in Antrim.

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.

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.


Who were the high profile losers in the Assembly election?

The harsh reality of political elections left a number of high profile casualties.
Sinn Fein MLA Declan Kearney

Kearney challenged over Sinn Fein ‘reconciliation’ claims

Sinn Fein’s chairman and newly-elected MLA for South Antrim has been challenged to reconcile his apparent expression of regret for the deaths of police officers with his leader’s continued glorification of the IRA.

Steve Aiken OBE and his wife Beth at the election count

Ulster Unionist winner: I voted for TUV, SDLP and more

One of the new UUP Assembly members has revealed that he not only acted upon his ex-leader’s idea to transfer votes to the SDLP, but that he also voted for harder-line unionist parties than his own.

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