EXCLUSIVE – “The government should have stepped in to institute Direct Rule,” Peter Robinson speaking ahead of the start of the DUP’s annual conference – By Eamonn Mallie and Brian Rowan 

  We witnessed a different Peter Robinson on Thursday at the Methodist Centre at Knock in Belfast – the weight of political office lifted from his shoulders. Robinson – the former First Minister and DUP leader – was the latest guest speaker in a series of talks – ‘The World Around Us’. The question posed…

DUP’s confidence and supply agreement with Conservatives not worth ball of blue in EU withdrawal negotiations – an independent view 

  The draft agreement for the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union that was published last week sparked a maelstrom in London that has kept most people enthralled, if not with the contents of this long and hugely legalistic technical document, then at least with the political fallout that has subsequently  arisen. The…