Deirdre Heenan: Donaldson finally claims the crown, but does he have a plan?
The new DUP leader knows very well that his demands to abolish the Northern Ireland protocol are utterly unrealistic
Deirdre Heenan: Poots was the architect of his own downfall
From the brutal ousting of his predecessor to his bungling of the Irish language issue, Edwin Poots’s brief reign as DUP leader was a litany of blunders
Analysis: DUP turmoil heightens tensions in North over ‘unsustainable’ protocol
With the DUP in chaos after the forced resignation of its new leader, and Sinn Féin circumventing the Executive on the lrish language deal, as well as Leo Varadkar raising the prospect of a united Ireland, the political tectonic plates are beginning to shift on the future of Northern Ireland
The DUP risks becoming a bystander as the UK faces into an uncertain future
The DUP’s convulsions have less to do with outrage over language than with Brexit which it recklessly backed. The party may have to face the fact that its dominant role within unionism is coming to an end
Edwin Poots to stand down as DUP leader amid internal revolt
Party members told their leader, who had been in the role for less than three weeks, that they had lost confidence in him after a deal was reached over Irish language legislation
Tánaiste asks DUP’s Poots to bring forward minimum alcohol pricing
Leo Varadkar said that when he first introduced minimum unit pricing as Minister for Health, he intended that it would be introduced at the same time in Northern Ireland.
The DUP’s improbable duo may not last too long
Edwin Poots, the new DUP party leader, does not want to be First Minister in the Assembly, and his nominee Paul Givan’s main qualification for the job would appear to be that he is a Poots sidekick of long standing
Unionism in crisis with ructions over protocol and a divided DUP
The DUP is dialling up the rhetoric over the post-Brexit arrangement as it deals with a growing split within its ranks – and just as Boris Johnson comes under intense pressure from Joe Biden to make the protocol stick
Givan is named as Northern Ireland’s new first minister
The longtime ally of DUP leader Edwin Poots will take up the role when Arlene Foster steps down later this week
MLA who cut funds for Irish tipped as next First Minister
The new DUP leader Edwin Poots may pick the former communities minister Paul Givan for the top post, having already turned it down himself
Deirdre Heenan: Poots of derision as the DUP cannibalises itself with relish
The party’s new leader has endured a brutally tough start to his tenure, with resignations and walkouts the order of the day
Election of Poots as leader is the DUP’s ‘Jeremy Corbyn moment’
A well-placed source in the party claims its new leader could steer it towards a calamitous result in next year’s Assembly elections
Deirdre Heenan: The elevation of Poots risks tough times ahead for the DUP
Edwin Poots is caught between a rock and a hard place on the Northern Ireland protocol – and his party could find itself marginalised as a consequence
Deirdre Heenan: Poots and Donaldson: two sides of the same Orange coin?
Edwin Poots’s father was a founding member of the DUP. Jeffrey Donaldson followed his father into the ranks of the UDR and jumped to the DUP from the UUP. Both are members of the Orange Order and don‘t hide their religious beliefs. But can either man come up with a viable vision for the future of the North?