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# DUP

Last week
15th January 2023 - 21st January 2023
# Stormont
'We're on a positive trajectory': Politicians hope EU and UK talks on NI protocol can move forward
Micheál Martin has urged patience with the negotiations to resolve the Northern Ireland Protocol dispute.
This month
January 2023
# eu-uk relations
Explainer: What's the latest with Brexit and Northern Ireland Protocol negotiations?
An agreement on data sharing was reached by the UK and EU yesterday.
# Protocol
Mistakes were made on all sides in handling of Brexit, Varadkar says
The Taoiseach said he will be as flexible and reasonable as possible when attempting to solve issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Last month
December 2022
Voices
Brian Rowan: Northern Ireland cannot continue with pantomime politics and a pretend parliament
The former BBC correspondent looks back at a year of turmoil and persistent deadlock in Northern Irish politics.
# Powersharing
Sunak says he is working 'flat out' to restore the power sharing executive in Northern Ireland
Powersharing in Northern Ireland is in cold storage due to a dispute over post-Brexit trading arrangements.
# Stormont
DUP will not be ‘bullied or cajoled’ into restoring Stormont, Northern Ireland Secretary told
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said the UK Government should stop ‘expending energy’ targeting unionists.
# Northern Ireland
Varadkar to prioritise Northern Ireland power sharing when he becomes Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar said the Government had “not for a second” given up on the matter despite the failed attempt to restore the institutions.
# Not happening
The latest attempt to re-establish powersharing in Stormont just failed
Sinn Féin has urged the DUP to back the election of a speaker to deliver energy support payments.
Last year
2022
# Arlene Foster
Calls for civility after pro-IRA chant is directed at former DUP leader Arlene Foster
The footage involving Foster emerged from the Local Women Business Awards in Belfast at the weekend.
# Northern Ireland
Legislation introduced to push back deadline to form a Stormont Executive
It will also allow for MLA salaries to be cut by around a third while the Assembly is unable to sit.
# The North
Still no clarity on an election date in Northern Ireland, what's going on?
The NI Secretary has faced criticism for failing to provide clarity on whether he will call an election.
# DUP
Jeffrey Donaldson repeats claim heart surgeries were delayed by NI protocol
The Southern Health Trust said cardiac equipment parts could not be secured from the UK or Ireland in August
# Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Secretary says Assembly election will be called but does not set date
The DUP has refused to re-enter power sharing, meaning an executive could not be formed.
# Deadline Day
Bertie Ahern: ‘Sad day’ for people of Northern Ireland as they face another election
The former Taoiseach said an election will not ‘change a damn thing’ because the Northern Ireland Protocol is not even on the agenda.
# Stormont
Voters in the North set to return to the polls for second time in seven months
A deadline for forming a new powersharing executive has lapsed, with an election due in December.
# Stormont
Micheál Martin: DUP should 'honour' mandate of people of Northern Ireland
Martin said that it did not appear that there would be an agreement on powersharing reached by Friday
Voices
Brian Rowan: Truss' resignation and Conservative chaos spell disaster for Northern Ireland
The former BBC correspondent says the ongoing chaos in London means Stormont is again forgotten.
# Northern Ireland
NI Protocol talks between UK and EU ‘will continue’ if snap Stormont election called
A previous round of talks between the EU and the UK were paused ahead of the last Stormont Assembly election in May
# Protocol
DUP leader says debris of protocol must be cleared for Stormont to return
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson will meet Taoiseach Micheál Martin later today.
# DUP
DUP will not return to powersharing without changes to Protocol, says Donaldson
The DUP leader told its annual conference that changes must be secured to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Voices
Brian Rowan: Can the parties of Northern Ireland truly make it work this time?
The former BBC correspondent says the signs of compromise are not good as another deadline looms for Stormont.
# Northern Ireland
SDLP rejects accusations that Stormont recall motion is 'stunt politics'
Two previous attempts to elect a speaker, which would open the way for the nomination of First and deputy First Ministers, have failed.
# NI politics
DUP can't give timetable for return to powersharing at Stormont, Donaldson says
His comments came ahead of the latest attempt to restore Stormont by way of a recalled sitting of the Assembly.
# Northern Ireland
SDLP to form new official opposition at Stormont as Northern Ireland Assembly recalled
Elected parties have yet to form an Executive since the election in May.
# Stormont
Stormont to be recalled next week in latest attempt to elect speaker
Currently, the Assembly is unable to function as the DUP have blocked the election of a new speaker.
# NI Protocol
DUP accuse SDLP, Alliance and Labour of being a 'pan-nationalist front' during Protocol debate
Jim Shannon’s comments were criticised by Alliance MP Stephen Farry, who called for Shannon to reflect on what he said.
# Northern Ireland
NI Protocol legislation could have ‘colossal economic impact’, O’Neill warns
The Sinn Féin vice president said Boris Johnson was motivated solely by holding on to power.
# Northern Ireland
Donaldson says Irish Government ‘ignoring’ unionists’ concerns over Northern Ireland Protocol
The DUP leader said the Protocol has left him being treated like a second-class citizen.
# Stormont Assembly
Sinn Fein to ‘keep trying’ to get a Stormont speaker elected
Michelle O’Neill was speaking after the DUP blocked the election of a new speaker for the second time.
# Centenary
Northern Ireland centenary celebrated in shadow of Edward Carson – and Covid-19
The Orange Order pledged to defend the place of Northern Ireland in the UK.
Voices
Emma DeSouza: Running in the Assembly elections was an education - Northern Ireland is changing
Emma DeSouza ran in the recent Stormont elections – she didn’t win but she shares her thoughts on it all.
# across the irish sea
Johnson says plan to unilaterally redraw NI protocol is 'insurance' while 'ironing out problems'
The powersharing institutions in Northern Ireland have been plunged into crisis.
Johnson made clear that he did not favour scrapping the Protocol, and instead wanted to secure changes to it.
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said the Prime Minister will be judged on his actions and not his words over the Protocol.
Sinn Féin Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill said the Protocol "is here to stay" following a meeting with Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
# Stormont
DUP wants actions, not words, on protocol, says Donaldson
Boris Johnson will meet the main Stormont parties tomorrow in a bid to break the deadlock on returning to power-sharing arrangements.
# Northern Ireland
Coveney says British 'sabre-rattling and grandstanding' over NI Protocol is not helpful
The Foreign Affairs Minister said Ireland is “frustrated” and “dealing with the consequences now of a decision by the British people on our own country”.
# Sinn Féin
DUP blocking formation of executive in Stormont is a 'matter of disgrace', McDonald says
Nobody should be “spooked by the actions of the British government”, McDonald said.
# Northern Ireland
Donaldson confirms DUP will not nominate Speaker, leaving Stormont Assembly unable to function
Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill has called the decision “shameful”.
The DUP leader is refusing to sit in Stormont until issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol are resolved.
Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill said the party are "disgracefully holding the public to ransom for their Brexit mess".
The UK Government has indicated that it is set to override parts of the post-Brexit agreement.
# DUP
Jeffrey Donaldson cedes newly-won Stormont seat and opts to stay in UK parliament
Emma Little-Pengelly has been elected in the Lagan Valley constituency in Donaldson’s place.
# Northern Ireland
McDonald accuses DUP of 'political posturing' over refusal to re-enter Stormont government
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said it would be unacceptable for the DUP to refuse to form a new Stormont executive with a nationalist First Minister, following a historic election in Northern Ireland.
# Assembly election
DUP leader urged to nominate deputy first minister to restore executive
British Secretary of State Brandon Lewis is set to meet with the leaders of the Stormont parties tomorrow.
# Assembly election
SDLP’s Nichola Mallon loses seat as Sinn Féin wins historic victory in Stormont election
Sinn Féin remains firmly on course to emerge as the largest Stormont party.