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This afternoon.

Hillsborough, county Down.

Via Sky News:

Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill did not mince their words, and made clear Boris Johnson’s series of meetings with political leaders had got off to a “rocky start”.

They accused the prime minister of attempting to placate the DUP by bringing forward legislation to override the very treaty Mr Johnson himself signed with the EU – describing it as “scandalous”.

Fight!

Meanwhile…

This afternoon.

More as we get it.

Earlier: First Order Of Business

This morning.

Via RTE News

The first order of business will then be the election of a new Speaker and two deputies. This requires the support of a majority of all Members of the Assembly as well as a majority of the nationalist and unionist designations.

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has confirmed that his party will not support these appointments as part of his campaign against the Northern Ireland Protocol.

In a statement to Belfast’s daily Unionist newspaper the News Letter, he said the protocol is eroding the very foundations that devolution has been built upon.

The decision means the Assembly cannot even discuss the appointment of a First and Deputy First Minister.

DUP to block election of speaker when Assembly meets (RTE)

This morning/afternoon.

Northern Ireland.

Pause.

FIGHT!

Sinn Fein Eyes Historic Election Win {Reuters)

 DUP Councillor Margaret Tinsley

This morning.

Via Belfast Newsletter:

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council DUP Councillor Margaret Tinsley told the chamber she is fed up getting phone calls from concerned constituents about staff at the South Lake Leisure Centre wearing GAA tops instead of their council-branded uniform

“I have raised this on numerous occasions and I don’t know what it is going to take to get it sorted out,” said the DUP councillor.

“I was at the South Lake Leisure Centre on Saturday and to be fair I only saw one member of staff with a GAA top on but I am sick of my phone ringing being told that staff at this facility are wearing GAA tops.”

Complaints about leisure centre staff wearing GAA tops instead of council uniform (Belfast Newsletter)

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Oh.

Top pic: Aaron McCraken

Taoiseach Micheál Martin (right) meeting with then DUP Leader Edwin Poots (centre) and Paul Givan at the Masonic Hall Government Buildings last June.

This afternoon.

Via RTE News:

The DUP’s Paul Givan is expected to announce his resignation as First Minister of the Stormont Assembly this afternoon.

It is understood he will step down with immediate effect.

Party leader Jeffrey Donaldson and other senior members of the DUP will meet in Belfast this afternoon.

It comes as a DUP MP has said that “events in Northern Ireland are teetering on the brink“.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Ian Paisley said: “We’re not months, weeks or days, but moments away from the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive and that is very sad but entirely predictable, and has been predicted from these benches for the past 13 months.”

Paul Givan expected to resign as NI First Minister (RTÉ)

RollingNews

Ah here.

From top: Jeffrey Donaldson, DUP leader; Taoiseach Micheál Martin welcoming European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic to Government Buildings this morning.

This morning/afternoon.

Via RTÉ

The Democratic Unionist Party leader has signalled his party will collapse the Stormont Executive “within weeks” if changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol are not delivered.

Jeffrey Donaldson also announced the DUP’s immediate withdrawal from north-south political institutions established under the Good Friday Agreement.

The moves are part of an intensification of the party’s campaign of opposition to post-Brexit arrangements.

Mr Donaldson issued the warning on the future of Stormont in a keynote address in Belfast on the same day as European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič began a two-day visit to Northern Ireland.

Ahead of any move to pull ministers out of the coalition administration, a step that would bring down the power-sharing institutions, Mr Donaldson said his party was first seeking to challenge the legality of checks on goods arriving in Northern Ireland from Britain introduced under the protocol, and establish whether their implementation requires the approval of the Stormont Executive.

Stormont could collapse ‘within weeks’ if Northern Ireland Protocol issues not resolved – Donaldson (RTÉ)

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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson in Dublin in 2013

“I will be speaking with the Prime Minister at the earliest opportunity to emphasise that it is not realistic to expect stability when every unionist representative in the devolved institutions opposes the Northern Ireland Protocol.

“The government and those who claim to be protectors of peace and stability, must step up and deal with the protocol in a manner which respects the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom.”

New DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson this afternoon.

Gulp.

Bring back Poots!

Jeffrey Donaldson declared new DUP leader (RTÉ)

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Edwin Poots (left) and Sir jeffrey Donaldson

This afternoon.

Further to internal DUP shenanigans…

….Who succeeds Edwin Poots?

Via BBC NI Corresponednt Enda McLafferty:

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson will be the popular choice within the party.

He will be seen as the man who will possibly be able to heal some of the wounds that have been played out in public. That’s not to say that there will not be many who may feel uncomfortable with that, as not everyone voted for him in the recent leadership election.

There is a sense, though, that Sir Jeffrey will be coronated – it is unlikely that there will be a leadership contest.

DUP looking for new leader as Edwin Poots quits (BBC)

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