Deirdre Heenan: DUP welcomes in the new year proudly parading its dysfunction

The Democratic Unionist Party’s recent remarks on the NI protocol show them to be as ill-judged and divorced from reality as ever

Jeffrey Donaldson: the DUP party leader has failed to improve his party’s position after six months in the job. Picture: Press Eye

We are only a week into the new year, but it is already clear that political debate in the North in 2022 will continue to be dominated by the seemingly intractable issue of the protocol. Any faint hopes that the Christmas break would provide the opportunity for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to reconcile its bluster with reality have quickly evaporated.

On his first day back at his desk, Paul Givan, the DUP first minister, ...