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Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley will not seek re-election in the forthcoming general election, it was revealed today.

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Robinson affair may hasten policing deal

Chastened DUP ready to talk over ceding control of justice to Belfast

Belfast deal in the balance

The Northern Ireland Secretary, Shaun Woodward, and the Irish Foreign Minister, Michael Martin, were due to meet last night to try to end the political deadlock in Belfast in the aftermath of the Iris Robinson scandal. So far no agreement on the devolution of policing and justice has been made.

David McKittrick: Grassroots will decide if leader survives

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Support drains from Robinson

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Iris Robinson expelled, but her husband hangs on

Iris Robinson, MP for Strangford and a member of the Stormont assembly, was yesterday expelled from the Democratic Unionist Party after an astonishing sex scandal which has gripped Ulster.

Sex, money, and bigotry: meet the Robinsons

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Affair led first minister's wife to attempt suicide

The guilt-ridden wife of Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson tried to kill herself after making a midnight confession to her husband that she had an affair, it was disclosed tonight.

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DUP’s secret plot to oust Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley’s abrupt resignation as First Minister came amid secret DUP plotting to ease him out of office, a controversial new book claimed today.

Hillary Clinton to urge devolution deal

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is to address the Northern Ireland Assembly today, amid signs its main parties are edging towards a deal to complete the process of devolution from London to Belfast.

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness: I still keep in touch with Ian Paisley

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister has revealed he still speaks to Ian Paisley — more than a year after the former DUP leader left office.

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