Ben Lowry: A single victims’ candidate in W Tyrone is an excellent idea

It has been suggested that a victims’ candidate stand against Sinn Fein in the coming West Tyrone by-election.

Mary Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald nominated to replace Gerry Adams as SF president

Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald has been nominated to replace Gerry Adams as party leader.
Prime Minister Theresa May stands with First Secretary of State Damian Green (right), DUP leader Arlene Foster (second left), DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds (left), as DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson (third right) shakes hands with Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury, and Chief Whip, Gavin Williamson, inside 10 Downing Street, London, after the DUP agreed a deal to support the minority Conservative government in June

DUP £1 billion being spent before it has been authorised by Parliament

Stormont is already spending the first part of the £1 billion secured by the DUP as part of its deal with the Tories –T despite the fact that Parliament has not authorised the spending, as the Government said would be necessary.


Sinn Fein TD avoids ‘industrial wage’ stipulation

A senior Sinn Fein figure has revealed he struck a deal with the party that allows him to take his full TD’s salary rather than the ‘average industrial wage,’ a newspaper has reported.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar debates the future of Europe with MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Jim Nicholson: Phase 2 is chance to rebuild relations between UK, Republic and EU

Irish Premier Leo Varadkar’s address to the European Parliament this week was timely, given that it was just last month that a breakthrough on ‘phase one’ of Brexit talks was achieved, and we can now move negotiations on to discussing our future relationship.

Kenny Donaldson, director of services at Innocent Victims united, in front of a quilt made by family members from Fermanagh who lost loved ones in Troubles terrorism. 
Picture Colm O'Reilly Press Eye 2015

We are open to idea of victims’ candidate in West Tyrone

In the aftermath of the resignation of Barry McElduff over the incident in which he balanced Kingsmill loaf on his head on the anniversary of the massacre at Kingsmill there has been significant speculation around the possibility of an agreed ‘victims candidate’ who could contest an upcoming Westminster by-election.


Fresh Northern Ireland powersharing talks 'must lead to deal in weeks'

A fresh round of talks to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland must find a solution in "weeks rather than months", leaders have been warned.

UUP leader Robin Swann, pictured in June 2017

Swann rejects Irish language act as DUP say all issues on discussion table

The UUP has set out its clear opposition to an Irish language act as it prepares to enter a supposedly last-ditch round of talks alongside the DUP, Sinn Fein, and others.

Sinn Feins Northern Ireland leader Michelle ONeill at Stormont yesterday

Sam McBride: an apparent, if modest, climb down by Sinn Fein

On looking at the facts, it is difficult to read what happened yesterday other than as a modest climb-down by Sinn Fein.

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Irish foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney speaking to the media at Stormont in Belfast where they announced fresh round of political talks

New secretary of state sets new talks deadline

Just 10 days into her new role, new Secretary of State Karen Bradley has called a new brief round of all-party talks with a “last” deadline for the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland.


RoI-style citizens’ assembly to be set up in NI

A “citizens’ assembly” is to be established in Northern Ireland.


Hospital pressures likely ‘for several weeks’

The intense winter pressures being faced by hospitals are likely to continue for several more weeks, the health department has warned.

This revised Boundary Commission map was briefly posted on its website on Monday. The purple lines appear to represent proposed boundaries for the 17 new constituencies, whilst the underlying colours mark the boundaries for the current 18 constituencies

SF gerrymandering claim on proposed boundary changes ‘ludicrous’

Sinn Fein’s claim that a new set of constituency boundaries for Northern Ireland amounts to gerrymandering has been dismissed as “ludicrous” by a DUP MP.

The former Ulster Unionists David Campbell and David McNarry unveil a proposal to restore devolution at Stormont at the Stormont Hotel. Pic by Ben Lowry

Ex-Trimble allies moot referenda in bid to get Stormont reinstated

Three politicians prominent in the Ulster Unionist Party at the time of the Belfast Agreement have unveiled a plan to restore devolution.

Sammy Wilson, left and Leo Varadkar

Sammy Wilson’s ‘regret’ over Varadkar ‘nutcase’ jibe

A DUP MP has said he regrets his choice of language after he branded Taioseach Leo Varadkar “a nutcase”.


'Last opportunity' to save powersharing as new round of talks begin next week

Northern Ireland's political leaders have been given two weeks to save powersharing after the UK government announced a final bid to salvage the crisis-hit institutions.
PUP Councillor Billy Hutchinson

PUP leader Billy Hutchinson breaks hip in 'nasty fall'

PUP leader Billy Hutchinson has broken his hip after a "pretty nasty fall".
Sir Bernard Ingham, the former press officer to Margaret Thatcher as prime minister

Oh Voltaire, wouldst thou were living at this hour, to defend free comment

Heaven only knows what they would call me now in this at once sensitive and insensitive age.

Mr McElduff supported the IRA men who met their fate at the hands of the SAS in Loughgall, above, in 1987, some of whom were suspected of the Kingsmill republican massacre. Picture Pacemaker

SF need to put a huge gulf between themselves and the terror of the past

Before the Barry McElduff saga is placed in the history books a number to things should be noted.

Three Ulster Unionists have proposed how to end the deadlock at Stormont

Referendum on Irish language act ‘should be held this summer’

A referendum on an Irish language act should be held this summer, three former Belfast Agreement negotiators have said.

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