• Published on 27 Jun 2017 Sections Northern Ireland, Politics, UK

    DUP-Tory deal: what follows the stops and starts?

    Yesterday No 10 accidentally mis-briefed that the DUP deal was contingent on Stormont power-sharing getting up and running. It set a lot of hares running, briefly, before the correction was rung through. It was a particularly lively moment because DUP insiders believe that the Northern Ireland office had, at the end of last week, been…

  • Published on 26 Jun 2017 Sections Politics

    First Secretary of State, Damian Green, says the Government’s deal with the DUP is “designed to give confidence that we will be able to get our legislative programme through”. He says the extra £1bn promised to Northern Ireland, as part of the deal, is the result of a strong economy – and is not a…

  • Published on 26 Jun 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Theresa May has promised that EU citizens living in Britain will have their rights protected after Brexit. Those who have lived in the country for five years before a still-to-be-agreed cut-off date will be granted “settled status”, but there are still questions about the level of protection on offer. The pledge came after the Prime…

  • Published on 20 Jun 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    DUP sources: Number 10 in ‘chaos’

    The DUP have rattled their sabres telling the UK government to get on with the deal that’s been sought to prop up Theresa May’s minority administration. They’re telling Downing Street to focus and there are probably a few things going on here. DUP sources have talked of finding Downing Street to be in chaos since…

  • Published on 6 Mar 2017 Sections Northern Ireland, Politics

    After a major political shock in Northern Ireland’s assembly elections, fraught negotiations are under way to form an administration.

  • Published on 6 Mar 2017 Sections Northern Ireland, Politics

    Gary Gibbon on the positions of the parties in Stormont and the British Government.

  • Published on 4 Mar 2017 Sections Northern Ireland, Politics, UK

    They’ve lost the election – but Sinn Fein have hailed last night’s result as a “watershed moment” in Northern Ireland politics. The republicans came within one seat of the Democratic Unionist Party and have – for the first time – prevented the unionists having a majority at Stormont. Under the rules of the Northern Ireland…