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Unionist pacts rarely solve anything, but they could become the norm

Things began to get very complicated for the Unionist Party during Terence O’Neill’s ‘crossroads election’ in February 1969.

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Undated family handout photo of Fred Heatley, a founder of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, who has died aged 82.

Fred Heatley, a founder of the Civil Rights movement, dies aged 82

A founder of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland has died aged 82.

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Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

IRA victim’s ‘simple question’ for Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s views on the IRA came under further scrutiny over the weekend after campaigning in Warrington, where a 1993 IRA blast killed two children.

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Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann speaks during the party's annual general meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast.  Photo credit: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

UUP leader hits out at Foster’s ‘arrogance’ ahead of pact talks

Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann has branded comments from his DUP counterpart, Arlene Foster, as “arrogant” ahead of talks between the two later today on electoral pacts.

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Sammy Wilson said the SDLP plan amounted to an anti-unionist coalition

Wilson: SDLP plan shows they are as anti-unionist as Sinn Fein

A senior DUP MP has urged unionists to rally against a potential “anti-unionist coalition” in June’s general election.

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File photo dated 22/4/2017 of Jeremy Corbyn who is facing renewed questions over his fitness to be prime minister after after a day of confusion over Labour defence policy

Corbyn would put nations security at risk, Defence secretary says

Jeremy Corbyn would put Britain's security at risk if he wins the general election and becomes prime minister, the Defence Secretary has said.

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Robin Swann announced that the UUP would not run candidates in North and West Belfast and Foyle

Unionist leaders to meet to discuss election pacts

The leaders of the two main unionist parties – Arlene Foster and Robin Swann – are expected to meet on Monday to discuss the possibility of forming electoral pacts.

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Thomas Cooke, RUC sergeant, murdered in Londonderry in April 1987, aged 52. Sergeant Cooke knew the names and addresses of those who would kill him, probably including Martin McGuinness

Trevor Ringland: Remembering a policeman murdered at City of Derry golf club

Thirty years ago this weekend, RUC officer Sergeant Thomas Cooke was brutally murdered by the IRA in City of Derry Golf Club car-park.

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Prime Minster Theresa May, talking to students and first-time voters at Cox Green School in Maidenhead on Friday, seems willing to lead. Photo: Leon Neal/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: Theresa May came along as the right leader at the right time for Britain

Every so often a person arrives at the right time and right place to take control of a business or organisation or even a country.

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A logistics officer placing UK aid stickers onto cargo pallets containing British aid items destined for areas suffering humanitarian crisis at DFID's UK Disaster Response Operations Centre at Cotswold Airport, Kemble. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: The case in favour of 0.7% foreign aid

The right wing of the Conservative Party will be disappointed that Theresa May is keeping the UK commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid.

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South Antrim MP Danny Kinahan, Robin Swann MLA and Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Tom Elliott.

General Election: UUP to withdraw from three constituencies

The Ulster Unionist Party has announced it will not be fielding candidates in three constituencies in the upcoming General Election.

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Steven Agnew MLA, leader of The Green Party, at a 2015 rally at Stormont

Ex-Green MLA warns SDLP/SF pact risks party reputation

The Green Party’s first-ever MLA has said entering an electoral pact with Sinn Fein would risk damaging the reputation of the party.

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Former UUP MLA John McCallister. Picture: Matt Mackey/presseye.com

Pact won’t guarantee UUP votes for DUP candidates: McCallister

A unionist pact for next month’s general election would not guarantee DUP candidates the support of all UUP voters, John McCallister has said.

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DUP leader, Arlene Foster, at the funeral of Martin McGuinness. (Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)

Foster to meet Pobal Irish language group

Arlene Foster will be meeting with Irish language groups “in the near future” the party has said, confirming a report that Pobal in west Belfast is one of those lined up to host a meeting.

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Wood pellets

RHI judge to give update

A public inquiry into the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme will hold a preliminary hearing next week.

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Jim Wells

DUP split fears if gay marriage gets green light

A number of DUP MLAs are prepared to split from the party if Sinn Fein’s demand for the introduction of gay marriage is met, Jim Wells has said.

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Details of first RHI inquiry hearing

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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Doug Beattie MC MLA. 
Photo by Tony Hendron/Press Eye

Time to de-politicise Irish and wait for commission findings

Issues of culture and identity have featured at the heart of the Stormont talks and in its simplest terms this manifests itself in the main ask of Sinn Fein for an Irish Language Act (ILA).

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SDLP leader Colum Eastwood hopes to discuss the possibility of a pact with Alliance leader Naomi Long

Anti-Brexit alliance talks held between SDLP, Sinn Fein and Greens

The SDLP has met with Sinn Fein and the Green Party to discuss the possibility of forming an anti-Brexit alliance in the run up to the general election.

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James Brokenshire, Northern Ireland Secretary

Stormont parties given new powersharing deadline of June 29

The new deadline for forming a powersharing government in Northern Ireland is June 29.

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