Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster arrives with Paul Robinson to cast their votes at Brookeborough Primary School in Enniskillen. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Low turnout below 60% expected as smaller parties and Independents look to make gains

 Stephen Travers, bass player, Brian Maguire, road manager, Des Lee, saxophone player and Ray Miller, drummer, of the original Miami Showband, at a wreath-laying ceremony organised by at Parnell Square, Dublin, last August. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Troubles victim says those in South and Britain know little of enduring suffering

DUP leader Arlene Foster said: “The role of First Minister has huge symbolic significance at home and abroad.” File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader casts Northern election as contest with Sinn Féin for office of First Minister

The Leaders’ Debate on BBC One Northern Ireland with UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP leader Arlene Foster, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Alliance Party leader David Ford. Photograph: Press Eye

DUP showcases party chief Arlene Foster while erasing Robinson from political script

UUP’s Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP’s Arlene Foster, SDLP’s Colum Eastwood and the Alliance Party’s David Ford during the Noel Thompson-hosted election debate on BBC. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/PA

‘Mike versus Arlene, Martin versus Colum’

Raymond McCartney, Martin McGuinness, Maeve McLaughlin and Caitríona Ruane pictured in Derry after the launch of Sinn Fein’s election manifesto. Photograph: Pacemaker.

McGuinness may be back but the SDLPis determined to hold its three seats

Widow Joanne McGibbon (centre) with her daughters Michaela and Seana and Fr Gary Donegan (extreme right) joins members of the public at a vigil in the grounds of Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne, in memory of  taxi driver and father-of-four Michael McGibbon, who was shot dead in North Belfast at the weekend. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Dark underbelly of Northern Ireland society includes punishment attacks and evictions

Migrants and refugees  arrive on the islan of Kos, Greece. A second group of Syrian refugees is being flown  into Northern Ireland as part of the British government’s vulnerable persons’ relocation scheme. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

First refugees who arrived in December have settled well into Belfast

 Carrie Twomey and her husband Anthony McIntyre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

British government seeks access to taped interview by former IRA prisoner

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, vice-president Mary Lou McDonald and First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness at the party ardfheis at the Convention Centre Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Analysis: There may be lingering deflationwithin party at not winning more Dáil seats

Martina Anderson: “Republicans are planning for and preparing for reunification. We are organising our constituencies across Ireland to plan, to strategise and to shape the new Ireland that will emerge.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

SF MEP and ex-IRA prisoner says republicans fought ‘incredible war’ against British

Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. File Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

‘Agreed Ireland’ is possible, says Martin McGuinness using language of John Hume

Northern Ireland Green Party leader Steven Agnew pledged at the party’s election manifesto launch to ‘bring about an end to the waste of money, time and opportunity at Stormont’. Photograph: Green Party NI website.

Party competing in all of North’s 18 constituencies and hopes to win at least three seats

Family and friends attend the funeral of Michael McGibbon at  the Holy Cross church in Belfast today. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

No one has right to act as ‘judge, jury and executioner’, Michael McGibbon funeral told

US writer Marilynne Robinson. File photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

US novelist speaks on faith and American presidential race during visit to Belfast

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Fermanagh and South Tyrone – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Four-candidate ticket could ultimately back-fire on Sinn Féin

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including West Tyrone – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

More party infighting could result in Daniel McCrossan not holding party seat

David Ford of the Alliance Party said he had no plans to stand down as leader. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Alliance leader David Ford says party aiming for 11 seats in Northern Ireland election

Michael McGibbon was shot in an alleyway at Butler Place close to Elmfield Street, near the Crumlin Road in north Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Fr Gary Donegan: “It was like watching that movie High Noon, the countdown to the showdown’

Sr Clare Theresa Crockett, from Derry, who was teaching guitar at the school when the earthquake struck. Photograph: Home of the Mother/PA Wire

Sr Clare Theresa Crockett (33) was trying to bring others to safety at school in Playa Prieta

It is estimated that more than 1,000 people died during the Belfast Blitz. Photograph: Belfast Telegraph

Unionists blamed South for not being ‘blacked out’ on night of bombing in 1941

Belfast West candidates: Alex Attwood (SDLP);  Conor Campbell (Workers’ Party);  Gerry Carroll (PBP);  Jemima Higgins (Alliance);  Gareth Thomas Martin (UUP);  Alex Maskey (Sinn Féin);  Fra McCann (Sinn Féin);  Jennifer McCann (Sinn Féin);  Rosie McCorley (Sinn Féin);  Frank McCoubrey (DUP);  Ellen Murray (Greens);  Pat Sheehan (Sinn Féin).

Ellen Murray first transgender person to stand for election in North

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast North – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

DUP’s three seats under pressure from UUP, Alliance and PUP

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including North Antrim – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

DUP likely to maintain dominance in constituency long associated with the Paisleys

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt speaks during the launch of his party’s Assembly election manifesto at the Park Avenue Hotel in east Belfast,  April 14th, 2016. Mr Nesbitt accused the DUP and Sinn Féin of “arrogance” for portraying the battle to secure the next first ministerial role as a two-horse race. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

UUP chief takes issue with Arlene Foster saying Martin McGuinness could lead Stormont

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast South – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Deepest enmity between the DUP and one of its former leading lights – Ruth Patterson

The  debate between Northern Ireland’s five main parties – UUP’s Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP’s Arlene Foster, Alliance Party’s David Ford and the SDLP’s Colum Eastwood. (UTV presenter Marc Mallett is facing away from the camera). Photograph: Arthur Allison

Participants asked which actor they would wish to portray them

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister has criticised the DUP during the launch of his party’s manifesto launch. File photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire

Traditional Unionist Voice leader criticises rival party during manifesto launch

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast East – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Return of Naomi Long could pave way for future leadership bid

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including East Antrim – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Sinn Féin face big battle to hold seat, while DUP may feel loss of Sammy Wilson

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Northern Irish parties parade new leaders as DUP stirs voting jitters ahead of May vote

The Northern Ireland team observe a minute’s silence for the Buncrana Pier  victims. Photograph: Kevin Scott/Presseye/Inpho

Team no longer linked with sectarianism as it eyes first tournament in 30 years

Kingsmill survivor Alan Black: “You would want to ease your own conscience before passing on.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Inquests into IRA murders of 10 Protestant workers 40 years ago to begin next month

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster launching  her party’s  manifesto for the Northen Ireland Assembly election at   the Spectrum Centre, Belfast on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire.

DUP warn shredding of unionist vote could hand victory to Sinn Féin in Assembly election

Kincora Boys’ Home, where several children were sexually abused between the late 1950s and 1980s. Photograph: Pacemaker

NSPCC and Amnesty call for investigation into ‘bewildering’ case of Dr Morris Fraser

President Michael D Higgins at the opening of the new visitor centre in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michael D Higgins did not ‘want to become embroiled in matters of political controversy’

Members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement on parade in Creggan Cemetery during a centenary commemoration of the  1916  Easter Rising in Derry, Easter Monday 2016. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

First Minister: ‘I want to see these people behind bars. No place for masked men’ in NI

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaks at the Sinn Fein 1916 commemoration at Milltown Cemetery, Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Féin president marches in Easter Rising commemorative parade in west Belfast

Louise James (front left) carries a coffin out of the Holy Family church, Ballymagroarty, Derry, after the funeral of the five people who were killed when their car slid off a slipway in Buncrana, Co Donegal. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘We are plunged in grief, even the heavens are crying’ mourners told at service for five drowning victims

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers: The  funding is the first tranche of £500 million (€630 million) that is being allocated under last year’s Fresh Start Agreement to support shared education. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Theresa Villiers says funding is ‘beginning of a substantial investment’ in shared schools

The Orange Order has claimed that Protestants in the Northern Ireland civil service are not being treated fairly compared with Catholics, citing double-standards in the acceptance of cultural practices. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Getty Images.

Objections to Catholic co-workers talking GAA, confirmations and wearing Lenten ash

Members of Adrian Ismay’s family, including his wife Sharon (right) leave the funeral at Woodvale Methodist Church in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Prison visits cancelled in Northern Ireland so that fellow officers could attend ceremony

A mourner holds a printed tribute at the funeral service for prison officer Adrian Ismay, at Woodvale Methodist Church in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

800 people attend service for New IRA bomb victim Adrian Ismay

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny expressed his ‘sincere and deepest’ sympathy with the relatives of those who lost their lives in Donegal. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

House united in grief and condemnation of terrorist attacks

Davitt Walsh and girlfriend Stephanie Knox speaking about the tragic events at Buncrana Pier. Photograph: North West Newspix

The Donegal man swam out to the sinking car and saved baby Rionaghac-Ann McGrotty

Evan (8) and Mark (12) who lost their lives in Buncrana, with baby Rionaghac-Ann who survived.

Davitt Walsh dived into water at Buncrana pier and saved four-month-old baby girl

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the scene at Buncrana Pier in Co Donegal after five people were  killed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness visited family in Derry

Relatives of the five victims of the drowning tragedy off the pier in Buncrana, Co Donegal, on Sunday night have spoken of their “unspeakable heartbreak. Clockwise from left: Ruth Daniels (59), Sean McGrotty (49), his sons mark (12) and Evan (8) and Ruth’s daughter Jodie Lee Daniels (14)

Woman loses her mother, her youngest sister, her husband and two children

Francis Crawford  at the pier in Buncrana Co Donegal. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Witness describes harrowing scene of fatal accident on Sunday night in Co Donegal

A garda at the scene at Buncrana, Co Donegal on Monday. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Baby rescued as five people, including three children, drown in SUV off Co Donegal

MPs told that new arrangements will add to cost but consequences should not be overstated

The extradition arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Republic could be undermined in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, Alliance leader David Ford has said.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland Affairs committee told Republic scared to lose ‘big friend’ in Europe

Forensic officers search the scene on the M1 motorway where prison officer David Black was shot as he drove near the town of Lurgan, Northern Ireland on November 1st, 2012. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: PSNI, Garda and MI5 in battle to prevent attacks during 1916 centenary period

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: “It’s painful but it’s not the end of the world. It’s about going back to basics”

Next time Pádraig Mac Lochlainn will be paying more attention to northeast Donegal and his Inishowen base

Michael Gallagher (right) who lost his son Aiden, and Stanley McComb, who lost his wife Ann in the Omagh bombings, arrive at Ballymena Court. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Representative calls for meeting with Enda Kenny and public inquiry into Real IRA attack

The August 15th, 1998, Omagh  bombing took the lives of 29 people and a woman heavily pregnant with unborn twin girls. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Setback drains energy and commitment from families in long campaign for justice

US company Cerberus paid Nama £1.3 billion for Project Eagle, a portfolio of £4.3 billion in property loans. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Adviser secretly recorded saying money moved to Isle of Man account was for him

Thomas Pringle

Donegal: Fifth TD elected of five

Donegal: Third TD elected of five

Frank McBrearty Jnr (right), an independent candidate, was eliminated on the fourth count in Donegal on Saturday night and took his defeat rather badly. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Independent Donegal councillor says he has been ‘vilified by certain aspects of the media’

Charlie McConalogue, Fianna Fáil spokesman on education

Donegal: First TD elected of five

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty is interviewed after his re-election to the Dáil for the Donegal constituency. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty.

Fianna Fáil secure two seats through Charlie McConalogue and Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher as Sinn Féin loses one

Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy arrives at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Republican’s tax evasion conviction shows ‘no-one beyond the law’, says UUP spokesman

 Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy (66) of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth arriving for his sentencing hearing at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

IRA godfather who ruled south Armagh like Al Capone deserved reputation as ruthless

The men forced their way into a house in the Walmer Street area of south Belfast on Thursday night around 10.30 pm and shot the man.

Up to four men involved in shooting at house on Walmer Street, south Belfast

 Representative bodies are calling for reform to address extended hospital waiting lists in the North. Photograph: PA

Doctors and nurses’ representatives call for ‘fundamental’ change to tackle problem

Joseph McArdle, a west Belfast taxi driver and former IRA prisoner, says young people ‘are not worried about what happened maybe 20 or 30 years ago’.

Young people are more worried about jobs than the past, say Sinn Féin’s Northern supporters

A new graphic novel ‘Bobby Sands Freedom Fighter’ has been accused of ‘sending out a message that somehow terrorism is appropriate’.

Unionist MP says hunger striker was a ‘terrorist’ claims book sends out wrong message

PSNI have arrested two men on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was shot in the leg in west Belfast late on Tuesday night.

Man (41) in serious condition, PSNI says attack appears to be ‘punishment’ shooting

Sinn Féin candidate for Fermanagh-South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew is a former MP and minister of agriculture. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Third convention finally sees former minister run in Fermanagh-South Tyrone

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister: proposed Bill that would have reduced the upper limit for special advisers’ salaries from £92,000 a year to about £78,000. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party advocates Irish government adviser pay cap but opposes Stormont Bill to cap pay

 Recommending a vote to leave the EU: First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Féin, SDLP and Alliance Party say Northern Ireland better in Europe

The London Supreme Court said on Thursday, ruling on the case of Ameen Jogee and Mohammed Hirsi (pictured), it was not right that someone should be guilty merely because they foresaw that a co-accused might commit a crime Photograph: Leicestershire Police/PA Wire

London Supreme Court corrects ‘30-year-old error’ in law on criminal joint enterprise

In agreeing to attend the event organised by the Church of Ireland Historical Centenaries Working Group, First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster was anxious to make the distinction between an “event” and a “commemoration”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

First Minister Arlene Foster distinguishes between ‘commemoration’ and ‘considered discussion’

People power North and South: Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness, Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

While it may be unpalatable for some, the party has shown it can get the job done

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said ‘full disclosure’ would be provided to the HIU so that it could fully investigate killings. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Northern Secretary says UK government would not ‘misuse its powers’

The DUP instead proposed the creation of a working group to look at how the issue of fatal foetal abnormality could be addressed. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

MLAs vote against proposals to allow terminations in rape, abnormality, incest cases

Arlene Foster said she would still work with Mr McGuiness as “the past is the past”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader says McGuinness described man who tried to kill her father as a “saint”

Gardaí following the fatal shooting of David Byrne (34) at the Regency Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: Dissident group was viewed as largely inactive north of the Border

Gardaí at the Regency Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

‘We are not going to stand back and allow drug dealers and criminals to target republicans’

Gerry Adams: gave warning that ceasefire was not going to last. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

British demand for prior decommissioning was ‘single most serious mistake’ made by any party involved in peace process, says form(...)

Northern Ireland has had the highest suicide rate in the UK since 2012

No obvious trends in rate in North but number of suicides in 2014 down on previous year

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company, talk to the media outside Belfast High Court where the Christian bakery owners, who were found guilty of discriminating against a gay man, are appealing against the decision. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

McArthur family’s refusal of order for cake with pro-gay marriage slogan ruled unlawful last year

Rev Frank Sellar served as minister on both sides of Border

The body of a woman was found on the east end of Tyrella Beach in Co Down shortly after 3pm by a man walking his dog. File photograph: Google Street View

Body found on east end of beach shortly after 3pm by man out walking his dog

Gay Rights activist Peter Tatchell.  File photograph: Stephen Wilson/PA Wire

‘Discrimination against people should be unlawful, not against ideas,’ says campaigner

Sinn Féin candidate for Fermanagh-South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew: Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former minister must wait to see if she will be added to Fermanagh-South Tyrone ticket

Paddy Hill (left) says “it’s a well-known fact that they had an informer in the IRA who told them shortly after the bombings that they got the wrong people. Photograph: Getty Images

Campaigner still in pursuit of truth for victims and survivors of IRA pub bombings

Game of Thrones: Line of interlinking Beech trees known on the show as the Dark Hedges were damaged by Storm Gertrude

DUP Minister to convene meeting in attempt to safeguard Dark Hedges tourist attraction

Abortion is legal in the North where there is a threat to the life of the woman or where there is a risk of a serious and adverse effect on her physical or mental health which is either long term or permanent.  Photograph: Thinkstock

Number of terminations considerably lower than in recent years, Executive figures show

DUP MP for North Antrim Ian Paisley jnr said: “What part of keep out does he [Taoiseach Enda Kenny] not understand? This is a matter for the people of the UK. His intervention will be counterproductive. A fool would know that. The rush to speak should be tempered by wisdom.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ian Paisley jnr: ‘A fool would know’ Kenny’s intervention would be ‘counterproductive’

Capt Robert Nairac: on a covert operation in a pub in Dromintee in 1977 when, it is believed, his cover was blown and he was abducted, beaten, shot dead and then disappeared by the IRA

British army officer on covert operation in North when cover blown and taken by IRA

Supt Andrew Watters with PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton (centre) and Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris, at the State Funeral of Garda Tony Golden. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

George Hamilton tells human rights forum of challenge from past while policing present

PSNI superintendent David Moore said the violence was “nothing short of disgusting”. Photograph: Trevor McBride

At least one gunshot fired at police in Lurgan while assault rifle discovered in Strabane

Loyalist paramilitary leader Johnny Adair was one of the targets of the 1993 IRA bomb in Belfast. Photoghraph: Cathal McNaughton/Getty Images

NI Police Ombudsman to consider whether 1993 bombing could have been prevented

Attorney General John Larkin QC said at the time of the decision he was “profoundly disappointed”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Decision could see abortion allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest

A plaque commemorates  Shankill road bomber Thomas Begley in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was erected in 2013.  Begley died in 1993 when the bomb he was planting on the Shankill Road in Belfast exploded prematurely killing nine people and injuring more than 50. Photograph: AFP

Complainant asks if RUC had intelligence that could have prevented the 1993 bombing

A picture released by the PSNI of a police vehicle struck by a petrol bomb in Lurgan, Co Armagh on Sunday night. Photograph: PSNI via Twitter

More than 100 petrol bombs hurled as officers attacked by ‘large and aggressive crowd’

  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan held his first meeting yesterday with  Arlene Foster since she was elected Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister discusses Fresh Start agreement with Northern Secretary and party leaders

Basil Blackshaw’s portrait of Brian Friel

Antrim painter once attended exhibition wearing bag over his head

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