As the only part of the UK to share a land border with the EU, Northern Ireland has been central to the Brexit negotiations and it is likely to face the greatest challenges in the event of leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
Sinn Fein’s new leader has said that she would “very much like to meet the Orange Order” and has appeared to say sorry for the IRA’s murder of around 300 Orangemen during the Troubles – an essential prerequisite for any such meeting with the institution.
Arlene Foster’s former special advisor gave his department a different explanation for his resignation than the one which he gave to the public – allowing him to get a £34,000 golden handshake, it can be revealed.
An NIO memo with an unusual – and high – classification reveals details of a meeting between the secretary of state and the unionist leaders after their years of post-Anglo-Irish Agreement boycott of dealing with government ministers.
There is no question that the DUP played a role in the collapse of what seemed to be a Brexit deal yesterday; the question is what that role was and how much the party knew before yesterday’s critical leak of the proposed deal.
A global consultancy firm paid £100,000 for flawed advice on the creation of Stormont’s RHI scheme has claimed that when it was given the contract it had less expertise in renewable heat than the department which hired it.
A leading economic consultancy which regularly does work for governments around the world contributed to the ‘cash for ash’ scandal by a basic error which “the man in the street” would have realised was significant, a public inquiry has been told.