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Details of first RHI inquiry hearing

The public inquiry into the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI) will hold a preliminary hearing on Thursday 27 April at Stormont.

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New UUP leader Robin Swann and party workers celebrate his election as North Antrim MLA last month

Swann to be appointed UUP leader

Robin Swann is to be appointed the new leader of the UUP today, and is expected to take the party in a more traditional direction following its disastrous election result.

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Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Photo: Kelvin Boyce/Presseye

POLL: Should MLAs stop being paid?

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

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Parliament Buildings Stormont.   Photo: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

BLOG: NI power sharing talks

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

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Martin McGuinness pictured at home at the start of February 2017.

DUP criticise Causeway Council book of condolence for Martin McGuinness

Despite prominent DUP figures having signed books of condolence for Martin McGuinness, members have hit out at Causeway Council for allowing people to pay tribute to the former IRA leader.

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Poll: Have your say on power-sharing at Stormont

At 4pm today the deadline for restoring powersharing in Northern Ireland runs out.
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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.

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Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness has died

Veteran Sinn Fein figure Martin McGuinness is dead.

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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.

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Councillor William McCandless.

‘People should feel comfortable to celebrate saint’s life’

Ulster Unionist Councillor William McCandless has expressed hope that Irish tricolours can be removed from Coleraine’s St Patrick’s Day route.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds speaking to the media outside Stormont in Belfast yesterday. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ian Paisley: Humble pie needs to be served and eaten

Just hours after Arlene Foster insisted that there was “no problem at all” within the DUP about her leadership, Ian Paisley last night said that she “has to answer some very tough questions”.

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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.

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Who were the high profile losers in the Assembly election?

The harsh reality of political elections left a number of high profile casualties.
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Mike Nesbitt announces his resignation as Ulster Unionist leader and Arlene Foster at her count on Friday, March 3

Election 2017: Unionism loses Stormont majority

Northern Ireland is today waking up to a fundamentally altered political reality: unionism is no longer a majority in the Stormont chamber for the first time since the creation of the Province a century ago.

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Claire Sugden

SF tops poll, but Sugden first elected

While Sinn Féin caused an upset when one of their candidates topped the poll in East Londonderry, independent unionist Claire Sugden was the first to make it across the line.

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DUP's Mervyn Storey

Election 2017: ‘Wake up call for unionism,’ says DUP North Antrim candidate

The DUP’s Mervyn Storey has said today has been “a wake up call for unionism” after Sinn Fein’s Philip McGuigan topped the poll in North Antrim.

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Counting is underway in the NI Assembly election

LIVE BLOG: NI Assembly election - as it happened

The full results of the Northern Ireland Assembly election are now in. We've all the news, views and analysis from across Northern Ireland.
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