Deirdre Heenan

Deirdre Heenan

O’Dowd leadership challenge is a watershed for Sinn Féin

O’Dowd leadership challenge is a watershed for Sinn Féin

In a party whose leaders are anointed, rather than contested, the challenge to O’Neill may signal a move towards more democratic principles

Foster is too divisive to end the North’s impasse

Foster is too divisive to end the North’s impasse

The DUP leader’s brusque manner and provocative behaviour towards nationalists are undermining any hopes of reconciliation

The new man on the job faces the same old issues

The new man on the job faces the same old issues

Julian Smith’s arrival as Northern secretary was welcomed by some, but he may struggle to bridge a widening gulf

Johnson will drop the North from the union to save Brexit

Johnson will drop the North from the union to save Brexit

The Tory leadership frontrunner would happily throw his allies under a bus if it advanced his own ambitions