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Firefighters rescue stranded seagull

Leading article: A valediction for a tired and tainted Parliament

The next legislature can learn much from the old one's mistakes

The Regions: Northern Ireland

Unionists could emerge as crucial allies for either of the big parties

Ian Paisley to step down

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

Ghosts, Duchess Theatre, London

Further proof that English theatre is going through a wonderfully positive patch is furnished now with this terrifically compelling and often disarmingly comic account of Ibsen's Ghosts. Not only is actor Iain Glen making a most distinguished debut as a director, but he is turning in a witheringly satiric performance as Pastor Manders, the sanctimonious clerical hypocrite whose real God is not the Lord but his own fearfully guarded personal reputation in a community of small-minded backbiters.

DUP must honour policing commitments, says Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein has fulfilled its obligations in government and now wants unionists to do the same to avoid a political crisis, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said today.

Mo Mowlam lied to Blair about her brain tumour

Minister forced her doctor to keep malignancy secret as she took part in Ulster peace talks

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.

The First Lady, her young lover, and a scandal that could hand power to Sinn Fein

David McKittrick reports on the far-reaching consequences of Iris Robinson’s infidelity

Leading article: The end of the affair

Peter Robinson is being undone by his all-too-colourful wife Iris, whose sexual and financial exploits have combined to detonate Belfast's most spectacular scandal.

Sex, money, and bigotry: meet the Robinsons

Northern Ireland’s formidable First Minister has suddenly been made to look vulnerable by a series of revelations about his private life. By David McKittrick

The Best by Miles, By Miles Kington

Master of satire that still bites

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.

Police 'foil murder bid against Paisley Jnr'

Police have foiled a dissident republican murder bid against Northern Ireland Assembly member Ian Paisley Jnr, he said today.

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.

Security base break-in case collapses

The case against a former chef sought in connection with a break-in at a top security base in Northern Ireland dramatically collapsed today.

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