James Brokenshire: 'It's important that everyone grasps the opportunity to have their...
On Monday, I announced the Assembly election in Northern Ireland would be on Thursday, March 2.
On Monday, I announced the Assembly election in Northern Ireland would be on Thursday, March 2.
I wouldn't wish on anyone the suffering Martin McGuinness is enduring so stoically, and I sincerely hope it's being successfully alleviated, but I've nothing but contempt for his self-serving resignation statement.
D'Hondt - that system of proportional representation on which we elect and then political parties nominate their representatives to power-sharing ministries at Stormont - is not the only thing we can learn from Belgium. Because, if you want to see how the introduction of an...
When the initial political thought sparked in my head, I realised that my childhood illusion of politics, as intended for old men muttering about irrelevant high-brow issues to pass the time before death, and using a vocabulary I'd need a thesaurus to dissect, was inaccurate.
In the calm, measured tone that has marked his Civil Service career, Dr Andrew McCormick delivered his evidence to the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.
The open letter in the Belfast Telegraph to Arlene and Martin by Kate Carroll, the widow of murdered PSNI officer Steve Carroll, reflects eloquently and powerfully the feelings of many people in Northern Ireland with regards to the current crisis over the RHI debacle.
May 5, 2016 was a very good day for the DUP and Arlene Foster. The 202,567 votes they polled in the Assembly election was their best tally since 2007: 115,265 more votes than the UUP; a very comfortable overall majority of all unionist votes cast and 31,601 more votes...
If you'd predicted in May last year that the Executive would collapse eight months later over some overpriced wood pellets, most observers would have said that you were mad. Here we are, though. Following Sinn Fein's refusal to nominate a Deputy First Minister at Stormont...
It's entirely befitting that Stormont is ending not with a bang but a whimper. The lights were still burning in Parliament Buildings last night as MLAs continued squabbling after darkness fell.
By So after a decade of power-sharing the Northern Ireland Executive has collapsed. An election is unlikely to solve anything, and will certainly deepen divisions in the unionist community.
Sinn Fein, as the largest nationalist party, enters this election fighting on two fronts. While its declared enemy is the DUP, it has nothing to fear from unionists. The DUP does not take votes from republicans, nor does it lose any to them. Yet an outsider might think that the Sinn...
As Martin McGuinness tendered his resignation as Deputy First Minister last Monday afternoon, one might have been forgiven for assuming that the looming election campaign would be litigated predominately on the basis of the First Minister's alleged fiscal negligence.
You have to hand it to Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness for tenacity and a remarkable ability to cling to power. “My friend and comrade for almost 45 years,” is how Adams described McGuinness last week, which suggests they bonded in July 1972, when with other IRA...
How much did Arlene Foster really know about the Renewal Heating Incentive scheme during her time as minister in charge of energy?
I haven't met anyone who welcomes the prospect of an Assembly election, still less one that is likely to be 'brutal'.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Wednesday and this will help to focus our thoughts on unity, and our lack of it. It has been taking place since 1908, and cynics might ask "What has it actually achieved?"
Just hours after she was crowned DUP leader at a glittering ceremony in Belfast, Arlene Foster did something which epitomised why so many saw her as a tidal wave of inspiration in the stale sea of unionist suits.
It now seems all but inevitable that a fresh Assembly election will be held, probably in early March. The seven-day notice required to nominate a successor to Martin McGuinness as Deputy First Minister expires at 5pm on January 16, and Sinn Fein has made it clear that...
The prospect of a prolonged return to British direct rule is widely treated as disastrous, the worst possible outcome of the current crisis, short of the Provos taking up their guns again.
Sinn Fein acts and sounds now like a party that can contentedly lose Stormont. Clearly there will be some cost to the party in lost jobs and funding, but it is facing into the current crisis with the air of not really caring very much whether the Executive is restored or not. This...
What began as a financial scandal in Northern Ireland is turning into a full-scale constitutional crisis. Surveying the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein today, we might well marvel at how they tolerated power-sharing with each other for so long.
The DUP may have thought that reversing its decision to axe Liofa funding was a smart move to defuse an explosive situation, but the party is now facing the worst of all worlds.
First, a declaration of interest. My youngest daughter has spent many happy weeks living, breathing and eating Irish in the Donegal Gaeltacht over the past few summers. I am pleased to report, too, that my son wants to attend the Gaeltacht this summer, just like his sister, with...
In his rambling resignation letter on Monday, Martin McGuinness identified the key issues that led him to resign. As regards the DUP, his litany of grievances included equality, respect, a negativity towards nationalism and the Irish language. As regards Westminster, it was...
In June 2000 my husband Liam Clarke - the former Belfast Telegraph political editor who died at the end of 2015 - and I decided to write our unauthorised biography of Martin McGuinness.
Reading Bertie Ahern's interventions this week on the breakdown of the Northern Ireland Executive office was interesting. Though as a deal maker, he must surely recognise that his suggestion for a time-out approach has actually passed.
Over the course of the last 10 years I, along with my party colleagues, worked tirelessly to ensure the political institutions deliver for everyone in our community.
This time last month, the truth behind the controversial Renewable Heating Initiative (RHI) was as clear as Fungus the Bogeyman's bath water.
The demand that Arlene Foster steps aside pending an investigation into the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is entirely reasonable and appropriate and is supported not only by the Opposition, but a wide range of public opinion.
Today the Executive is functioning better than at any stage since the restoration of devolution in 1999."
Arlene Foster yesterday agreed to a public inquiry into the 'cash for ash' scandal - but her critics said the DUP's change of heart came far too late, and accused her of running scared of the electorate.
"It's not about the money... forget about the price tag", boldly sang Jessie J, not too many years ago.
One would have strained to see in the face of Martin McGuinness last night the features of the Derry hard man and street fighter who led the Provisional IRA, first in Derry and later as northern commander and then chief of staff.
In his ten years as Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness served alongside three DUP First Ministers. With one his relationship was astonishingly good, with another it was generally reasonable, while with the third - Arlene Foster - it was frankly terrible.
There's a familiarity to politics in Northern Ireland and it's called 'crisis'.
None of the major political parties is excited about the election that has been thrust upon them. After a series of polls the piggy banks are empty, and with a reduction in MLAs from 108 to 90, most parties will lose a greater or lesser number of seats.
The DUP deserves most of the blame for exposing the abused Northern Irish electorate to an unnecessary election, but Gerry Adams has played a major part in turning a problem into a crisis.
Martin McGuinness’ dramatic resignation as Deputy First Minister puts an inquiry into Stormont’s renewable heat scheme on the back burner.
I wanted to take an opportunity to set out in detail what I have been doing since the Assembly last met, to restore confidence in devolution and to eliminate any further cost to the Northern Ireland budget.
Had Arlene Foster’s political opponents shouted “Moo, moo, moo!” as she spoke, compared her to one of Cinderella’s ugly sisters or advised her to lose a bit of weight, the DUP leader would have been perfectly entitled to allege misogyny.
For anyone who hasn't closely followed the torturous trail of politics here in recent years, Stormont's plunge into catastrophe may seem inevitable.
As recently as two years ago, Saudi Arabia’s half century-long effort to establish itself as the main power among Arab and Islamic states looked as if it was succeeding.
I started to take an interest in Northern Ireland when I was 14 years of age, which was in 1972 - the height of the Troubles. I remember one day a 15-year-old girl being killed due to being caught in crossfire. I thought, "What a tragedy, what a waste. And for what?" That...
Let us trust that Sinn Fein wants to avert a collapse of the institutions at Stormont. Let us take it as read that it is eager for viable partnership Government with the DUP, since its has worked within that partnership for nearly a decade now. Let us acknowledge that it is...
It all seemed so lovely a few months ago. The DUP and Sinn Fein had won handsome victories at the Assembly election, taken joint control of the Fresh Start Agreement, cut a deal with Claire Sugden, shuffled the UUP, SDLP and Alliance onto the Opposition benches and presented...
There is a shortage of priests everywhere, certainly all over Ireland. In some countries the priest is peripatetic. He moves from parish to parish, stopping for a day to consecrate enough wafers of the Eucharist bread to supply the masses for weeks ahead. He then leaves it to...
Northern Ireland's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme is a debacle. "Debacle" is not my word, it is the one Arlene Foster chose when making her infamous statement to the Northern Ireland Assembly before Christmas. If debacle is the right word, then it's because one...
The misogyny claim is a crude attempt by the First Minister to detract from her central role in the Renewable Heating Incentive scheme fiasco.
I have little in common politically with Arlene Foster. From abortion, to marriage equality, it's hard at times to find anything we would agree on, though I met her briefly after the Assembly debate on my case in 2014, and I appreciated the kindness she showed me on that occasion.
Over the past few weeks the siege of rebel-controlled eastern Aleppo has horrified the public with its unremitting bombardment and massive destruction.