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  1. September 12, 2014

    Reverend Ian Paisley, Northern Ireland politician, 1926-2014

    Life in pictures: Ian Paisley The Reverend Ian Paisley, who has died aged 88, was the dominant Protestant politician during...

  2. September 12, 2014

    Former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley dies, aged 88

    The Rev Ian Paisley, former leader of the Democratic Unionist party and the dominant Protestant politician of the Northern...

  1. Westminster Blog

    July 12, 2013

    Minister's valiant effort to pretend she supports plain packaging U-turn

    This morning, Anna Soubry came to the Commons to explain why the government is shelving plans to introduce plain packaging...

  2. December 6, 2012

    Recruitment Diary: December 6 2012

    ● On loan In football, when a player is deemed superfluous to their club’s immediate requirements, or might benefit from...

  3. June 21, 2012

    Recruitment Diary: June 21 2012

    ● Skills hubs And so to the House of Commons, at the invitation of Ian Paisley, MP for North Antrim (right), to hear about...

  4. June 19, 2012

    Making whiskey behind bars

    A loud bang echoes through Belfast’s notorious Crumlin Road jail as Peter Lavery slams shut a heavy cell door. “You have...

  5. September 14, 2010

    The difficulties of a pontiff’s visit

    Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Britain on Thursday for a much anticipated state visit – although not one whose organisation...

  6. September 1, 2010

    Bending the truth on Journey to success

    Tony Blair’s memoirs include a striking appraisal of what it takes to be successful in his trade. “Politicians are obliged...

  7. July 10, 2010

    The Diary: Sarah Sands

    A feature of top recent summer parties is a photograph of the trinity David Cameron, George Osborne and Nick Clegg not...

  8. July 5, 2010

    Cost of UK papal visit rises to £10m

    Benedict XVI shelters from the sun as he attends the unveiling of a fountain built in his honour in the Vatican gardens on...

  9. July 2, 2010

    Paisley says invitation to Pope ‘a mistake’

    Lord Bannside – Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland first minister – on Friday said it had been a mistake to invite...

  10. May 29, 2010

    Critic of Labour policy to take seat in Lords

    Simon Wolfson, chief executive of Next, will take up a seat in the House of Lords - granted for services to business - as...

  11. May 29, 2010

    Critic of Labour policy to take seat in Lords

    Simon Wolfson, chief executive of Next, will take up a seat in the House of Lords - granted for services to business - as...

  12. May 6, 2010

    The battles on the path to power

    Northern IrelandThe economy, not sterile arguments over the constitution, is the battleground for Northern Ireland's 18...

  13. May 5, 2010

    Battles on the path to power

    Decision day: the Iron Bridge Toll House in Shropshire is turned into a polling station. According to surveys, the election...

  14. April 10, 2010

    Regrets and nostalgia as MPs face exit

    A whiff of nostalgia and regret hung over the House of Commons this week ahead of a general election which could see the...

  15. April 9, 2010

    Tears and nostalgia as 150 MPs quit

    A whiff of nostalgia and regret hung over the House of Commons this week ahead of a general election which could see the...

  16. April 8, 2010

    Paisley gives us hope

    Philip Stephens: Good riddance! Cynics have called it the rotten parliament. Britain has been governed by cheats and...

  17. Westminster Blog

    April 6, 2010

    Here's a heresy - sometimes politics works

    Good riddance! Cynics have called it the rotten parliament. Britain has been governed by cheats and charlatans. The expenses...

  18. March 3, 2010

    Paisley to leave Westminster

    Ian Paisley, former Protestant firebrand turned Northern Ireland peacemaker, is to stand down at the imminent general...

  19. February 7, 2010

    A breakthrough in Northern Ireland

    Nationalists and Unionists in Northern Ireland have reached a historic deal on a shared way into a future that is not going...

  20. Westminster Blog

    January 26, 2010

    Unionist machinations over Northern Ireland

    If you don’t follow Nick Robinson’s excellent blog it’s worth reading his last two offerings, about a secret meeting between...

  21. January 15, 2010

    DUP presses Adams over wanted brother

    Gordon Brown, the prime minister, and Brian Cowen, his Irish counterpart, yesterday urged Northern Ireland parties to agree...

  22. January 14, 2010

    DUP presses Adams over wanted brother

    Brian Cowen and Gordon Brown, at Downing Street on Thursday, made a plea on policing Gordon Brown, the prime minister, and...

  23. January 11, 2010

    Pressure builds on Robinson to quit as he faces DUP grilling

    Peter Robinson goes into a critical meeting of his Democratic Unionists today facing fresh calls to quit as party leader and...

  24. January 10, 2010

    Pressure builds on Robinson to quit

    Peter Robinson goes into a critical meeting of his Democratic Unionists on Monday facing fresh calls to quit as party leader...

  25. December 30, 2009

    PM angry at Carter over RUC gun ban

    A furious Margaret Thatcher insisted that London should "no longer turn the other cheek" when faced with US criticism of...

  26. December 30, 2009

    PM angry at Carter over RUC gun ban

    A furious Margaret Thatcher insisted that London should “no longer turn the other cheek” when faced with US criticism of...

  27. June 8, 2009

    Sinn Féin tops N Ireland poll

    Sinn Fein, once seen as little more than the mouthpiece of the Irish Republican Army, passed another electoral landmark on...

  28. March 13, 2009

    McGuinness and Adams must snuff out burning embers

    Comfort and good news have been plentiful from Northern Ireland this past week – good, that is, once the shock of the...

  29. September 17, 2008

    Brown warns on stalled Stormont

    Gordon Brown yesterday intervened in a political row in Northern Ireland, making it clear he wanted parties to set a date...

  30. September 16, 2008

    Dispute threatens Northern Irish executive

    Gordon Brown travels to Northern Ireland today at a critical moment with a dispute over policing threatening the collapse of...

  31. June 5, 2008

    End of Stormont impasse as deal is struck

    The threatened collapse of Northern Ireland's Stormont assembly was averted last night with the Democratic Unionists and...

  32. June 4, 2008

    PM in talks to avert Stormont impasse

    Efforts to avert a possible collapse of Northern Ireland's Stormont assembly were intensifying last night with Gordon Brown...

  33. June 3, 2008

    Brown in talks to avert Stormont impasse

    Efforts to avert a possible collapse of Northern Ireland’s Stormont assembly were intensifying on Tuesday night, with Gordon...

  34. May 8, 2008

    Robinson gets his chance at power

    Peter Robinson, who has lived in the imposing shadow of Ian Paisley, will get his chance at Northern Ireland’s top job next...

  35. April 15, 2008

    Belfast hopes to attract Dublin funds under deal

    Financial services companies based in Dublin will be allowed to relocate some of their functions north of the border to...

  36. April 12, 2008

    The high price paid for peace

    At one point in The Undercover Diplomat (BBC2, Monday), an absorbing account of his part in bringing about an IRA...

  37. April 11, 2008

    Peace pays Northern Ireland big dividends

    For three decades security was the one issue that deterred investors in Northern Ireland. Today, 10 years after the Good...

  38. April 11, 2008

    Cranes and tourists attest to the rich peace dividend for Northern Ireland

    For three decades, security was the one issue that deterred investors in Northern Ireland. Today, 10 years after the Good...

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