A prison officer with a working dog at the recreation area in front of Erne House in Maghaberry Prison. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tensions in the Northern Irish jail are high despite paramilitaries being in the minority

Former US president Bill Clinton speaks during the funeral of Martin McGuinness at St Columba’s Church, Long Tower in Derry, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Former US president tells politicians ‘to celebrate his life . . . you have to finish his work’

Gerry Adams carries the coffin during the funeral procession of Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness, ahead of his funeral at St Columba’s Church Long Tower, in Derry. Photograph: Thomas McMullan/PA Wire

Sinn Féin president urges ‘respect for all’ in oration at former minister’s funeral

DUP leader and former first minister Arlene Foster signing a book of condolence for Martin McGuinness in Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Photograph:  Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands expected in Derry for farewell to former deputy first minister

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl:  has significant discretion to make decisions about flags. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Seán Ó Fearghaíl following protocol in honouring Martin McGuinness

DUP leader Arlene Foster signs a book of condolences for Martin McGuinness at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Former DUP first minister Arlene Foster says: ‘I doubt we will ever see his like again’

Martin McGuinness  in Derry in 1985

Ian Paisley’s widow sets right tone at time when further reconciliation is needed

The remains of Martin McGuinness are carried by friends, colleagues and relatives through the streets of the Bogside in Derry. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Tributes from across world paid to former IRA leader and subsequent peacemaker

A woman leaves flowers at the gates of the Sinn Féin office at Connolly House, in Andersonstown, Belfast following the death of Martin McGuinness. Photograph: PA

Reaction: Rev Latimer says life is about the man you become and McGuinness ‘finished well’

Roise Morgan holds an image of Martin McGuinness during a vigil in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Thousands accompany the republican’s coffin as it is carried to his Derry home

Billy Hutchinson in December 2012:   “With nationalism, it’s a bit like St Augustine: wrap the green flag around me, but not just yet. It won’t happen in my lifetime.” Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Key figures from both sides of the peace line have their say on the notion of Irish unity

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Northern Secretary James Brokenshire. They held a further round of talks in Stormont on Thursday

‘Cash-for-ash’ inquiry will take longer than six months to complete

Dr Eamon Martin: “A culture of blame will only trap us in an endless cycle of instability and insecurity,” he said in a joint statement with other church leaders.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Charlie Flanagan and James Brokenshire continue talks with Northern Ireland parties

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the count centre in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on Friday. The DUP’s seat tally dropped from 38 to 28 in the Assembly election, while Sinn Féin won 27. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Gerry Adams insists DUP leader step aside pending ‘cash for ash’ inquiry outcome

In the 90-member new Assembly there are 40 unionists (DUP, Ulster Unionists, Traditional Unionist Voice and independent unionist) and 39 nationalists (Sinn Féin and the SDLP). It is a long way from the 1921 election in the North, when Unionists also claimed 40 seats. That, however, was a 52-seat assembly.

Who really believed Sinn Féin would come within a whisker of equalling the DUP?

Sinn Féin party president Gerry Adams waves to the media as he walks with Sinn Féin’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill on the Falls road in front of a mural of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

‘Notion of a permanent or perpetual unionist majority has been demolished’, says Adams

Stormont is seen through low cloud in Belfast. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire could introduce legislation to allow for period of negotiations

 Sinn Féin NI leader Michelle O’Neill,  Orlaithi Flynn, deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and president Gerry Adams  at  count centre in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt announces he is to resign after poor results

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill after winning her seat in Mid-Ulster. This election will encourage Sinn Féin to make a greater push for a Border poll and lead to more talk of a united Ireland. Photograph: Paul McErlane/AFP

Analysis: Foster under pressure as DUP lead closes while high turnout fails to aid centrists

Michelle O’Neill, leader of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland, celebrates winning her seat at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Ballymena. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Analysis: High turnout suggests people invigorated over issues such as cash-for-ash

DUP leader Arlene Foster arriving at Brookeborough primary school in Co Fermanagh to cast her vote. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Election results will show whether the ‘cash for ash’ controversy has damaged DUP

A dog waits outside as a voter goes into a polling station in Belfast South. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

South Belfast was only constituency last May to elect four women to Stormont

DUP leader Arlene Foster arrives at Brookeborough primary school in Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

People uncertain if they are voting for resumption of Executive or British direct rule

DUP leader Arlene Foster  campaigning near Cookstown on  Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Impact of RHI to be discovered while electorate unsure if they face return to direct rule

Polling station manager Teresa McCurdy carries a ballot box, ahead of the Northern Ireland Assembly elections, as she delivers it by ferry to the single polling station on the island of Rathlin off the North coast. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Smaller constituencies and ‘cash for ash’ scandal will affect Assembly poll outcome

Former DUP first minister Peter Robinson has broken his political silence to accuse the ‘more belligerent elements in Sinn Féin’ of precipitating an unnecessary Northern Assembly election. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former DUP leader criticises Sinn Féin’s ‘belligerent elements’ over North vote

Colum Eastwood: The SDLP leader outside Belfast City Hall launching a poster campaign ahead of this week’s elections. Photograph: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

Party chief Colm Eastwood: ‘Attitude-changing election’ will sway disillusioned

Leaders of political parties in Northern Ireland: Colum Eastwood of the SDLP, Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Féin, Arlene Foster of the DUP, Mike Nesbitt of the UUP and Naomi Long of the Alliance Party. Photograph: Reuters

Discussion gives voters food for thought ahead of Wednesday's election

DUP leader Arlene Foster: “I am not going to apologise for the fact there’s a huge threat to Northern Ireland.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern party leaders make late pitches for support ahead of election on Thursday

Sinn Féin’s leader in North Michelle O’Neill: “My job and the job of political leadership is to try to heal all those wounds of the past, to try and build the bridges, to try to bring us into the modern era.” Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

SF leader claims ‘no one in their right mind’ would support Arlene Foster as things stand

 SDLP leader Colum Eastwood at  the publication of his party’s manifesto on Wednesday: “At the very moment when we most needed stability and certainty, our own government has collapsed”, he said. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Party leader Colum Eastwood outlines ‘partnership and progress’ manifesto

 Alliance Party leader Naomi Long: the Northern Assembly election on March 2nd offers an opportunity “to end the Green and Orange politics for good”. Photograph: Alliance Party/PA Wire

Naomi Long calls for audit on cost of division in North across education and public services

Jim Allister, the leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice. He has been effective in forensically exposing the flaws at the heart of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme

Allister and Swann hoping unionist anger at RHI will badly damage DUP

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the launch of the party’s manifesto in a Belfast hotel on Monday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

DUP leader sets out at launch of manifesto 10 principles to govern post-election talks

Oliver McMulllan of Sinn Féin:  different brands of unionists  want to uproot him. Photograph: Facebook

Proven survivor will need SDLP transfers to win in predominantly unionist constituency

Sinn Féin’s leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill takes part in a vigil on Friday for four IRA members killed by the SAS in February 1992. Photograph: Getty

Jim Allister predicts Republic may follow United Kingdom out of the European Union

Party leaders Mike Nesbitt,  Michelle O’Neill,  Arlene Foster,  Naomi Long and  Colum Eastwood at the UTV studios  in Belfast for Thursday’s debate.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Cash for ash’ and influence of Gerry Adams figure strongly in five-way UTV programme

Gerry Kelly MLA: topped the poll for Sinn Féin in North Belfast  last year. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Close contest likely as six outgoing MLAs fight for reduced number of five seats

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: “What I am trying to achieve is a stretch for some people; it’s not going to be easy.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ulster Unionist leader will cast second preference vote for SDLP’s Seamus de Faoite

Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill launches the Sinn Féin campaign for the 2017 Assembly election, in Armagh. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Michelle O’Neill addresses launch of Sinn Féin’s Northern Assembly election manifesto

Last May, when this was a six-seater constituency rather than the five-seater it is now, the DUP won three seats, Alliance two and the Ulster Unionist Party one

Alliance has established a strong foothold and is in good position to hold its two seats

Armagh chefs Sean Farnan and  Gareth Reid. Photograph: Jonathan King

Ten Northern Ireland chefs come together to transform city

Alex Attwood of the SDLP faces a major test in Belfast West. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Constituency profile: Sinn Féin poised for four seats with PBP set to retain seat

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long has battled to keep Alliance relevant in Northern Irish politics. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Interview: The Alliance leader discusses Foster’s ‘imperiousness’ and Stormont’s collapse

Bullet-riddled minibus in South Armagh where 10 protestant workmen were shot dead. Photograph:: PA Wire

Insufficient evidence to take a case against suspect arrested over murder of 10 Protestants

Suspended DUP member Jonathan Bell: “Political life has been corrupted by spin.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Outgoing Sinn Féin MLA backs protest over failure to implement Irish language strategy

Jonathan Bell (left) is to run as an Independent in the Assembly elections, he has announced.

Suspended DUP member alleged special advisers delayed closing down of RHI scheme

 DUP leader Arlene Foster speaking at the launch of the party’s  election campaign   in Lurgan on Monday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

‘See you later alligator,’ Gerry Adams retorts, after Arlene Foster’s ‘crocodile’ jibe

Arlene Foster at the launch of the DUP Campaign for the 2017 Assembly Election in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

DUP leader says Michelle O’Neill was ‘handpicked’ to do bidding of SF president

Arlene Foster and her DUP party must be more fretful than Sinn Féin’s new Northern Ireland leader, Michelle O’Neill, as the election campaign kicks into a higher gear. Photograph: Reuters/PA

‘Cash for ash’ controversy badly hit DUP leader’s political value ahead of election

Jamie Bryson told The Irish Times: “There was no conspiracy. I was not coached by Sinn Féin.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

File sent to North’s Public Prosecution Service but one accused claims it is ‘nonsense’

British army soldiers on patrol in Derry in 1971. File photograph: Darde/AFP/Getty Images

Pat Finucane Centre has documents outlining four alleged torture cases in 1972

Michelle O’Neill: The new Sinn Féin leader at Stormont called it “regrettable” that the DUP is standing against those in Northern Ireland who voted to remain. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Féin says DUP and ‘Tory allies cannot be allowed to drag the North out of the EU’

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire has been accused of snubbing the Irish national anthem after he was absent for the playing of Amhrán na bhFiann at the McKenna Cup final. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

James Brokenshire attended GAA game but did not take seat until after Amhrán na bhFiann

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill with Gerry Adams during a news conference announcing her as the replacement for Martin McGuinness in the upcoming elections, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Sinn Féin’s new leader in Northern Ireland is keen to prove she is her own woman

DUP leader Arlene Foster: rejecting charges from political opponents and the media that she lacked humility, she said: “I believe the people of Northern Ireland know exactly who I am.”   Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

New Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland calls for ‘step-change in attitude’ from DUP

Former Alliance leader David Ford: before the dissolution of Stormont he was planning to introduce a private Bill that would allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality. Photograph: Arthur Allison

Abortion figures for North for last two years have been lower than previous years

Forensic officers attend the scene on the Crumlin Road in Belfast where a PSNI officer was shot on Sunday night. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Dissident group says attack in Belfast not due to crisis but is a ‘continuation of activity’

Retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin will chair  inquiry into the RHI scheme. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sir Patrick Coghlin will not publish interim findings before elections in North

Pro-Remain supporters wave EU flags outside the supreme court in London, after  court’s ruling on Brexit vote yesterday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Gerry Adams urges Government to negotiate special designation for North within EU

Jonathan Bell claimed a senior civil servant in the Department for the Economy told him that had DUP special advisers not interfered in the RHI scheme, its cost could have been halved. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Former minister Jonathan Bell used parliamentary privilege to make allegations

Martin McGuinness and his successor Michelle O’Neill  at Stormont on Monday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland gets its third female party leader as the Tyrone politician is inaugurated

Video grab taken from the Northern Ireland Assembly of Michelle O’Neill speaking during an plenary session at Stormont earlier this month.

Decision to overlook Conor Murphy suggests handover to ‘new generation of republicans’

The scene at a petrol station on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast on Sunday night after  a police officer was shot in the arm. Photograph: PA Wire

Community officer injured in arm at filling station in attack being blamed on dissidents

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Some names of those who benefited from RHI scheme to be revealed this week

Margaret McGuckin is hugged by her brother Kevin, who was also abused, after the publication of the Historical Institutional Abuse report. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry reveals ‘unspeakable’ damage done to children

Cardinal Seán Brady arriving to give evidence to the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry in  June  2015.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Inquiry critical of 1975 canon law investigation into the Brendan Smyth case

Alleged victims of historical institutional abuse including Edward McCann (centre cap) arrive at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Belfast for   publication of the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry report. Photograph: AFP

Evidence of sexual, physical and emotional abuse across 22 Catholic and Protestant and state run homes investigated

 Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness back in 1983. Photograph:  PA Wire

Despite crisis, former deputy first minister is optimistic, saying dialogue only way forward

Sir Anthony Hart, chairman of HIA Inquiry. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The 2,300-page 12-volume report must deliver justice for victims, Amnesty says

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, with his wife Bernie,  addresses supporters who gathered outside his home in Derry on Thursday night.  Photograph: Trevor McBride

Republicans will miss him, but unionists with political sense may do so too

Members of Sinn Fein  in the Great Hall at Stormont, Belfast. Outgoing Minister for Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has announced a public inquiry into the North’s Renewable Heat Incentive controversy.  File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

DUP adviser resigns after being accused of exerting pressure over RHI scheme

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness leaves Bishops Gate hotel after announcing his intention not to see re-election in Derry, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ex-deputy first minister of Northern Ireland says health and political crisis behind decision

Dr Andrew McCormick gives evidence to the public accounts committee in the Assembly, Stormont, on Wednesday. Photograph: PA Wire

Dr Andrew McCormick says likely ‘insider information’ passed on over RHI scheme

John Robinson has confirmed his now father-in-law availed of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, having earlier denied a family link to the scheme. Photograph: Getty

Former party press officer says he was unaware of father-in-law’s application to scheme

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said ‘nowhere will be more damaged’ by Brexit than Northern Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some Ministers say the promised hard Brexit will lead to significant difficulties for Ireland

Sinn Féin election poster going up outside the party’s headquarters on Belfast’s Falls Road. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Co Tyrone politician to forefront in arguing and defending Sinn Féin’s policy positions

Former minister for health Edwin Poots accuses opposition Assembly members of mounting a “hate campaign” against  former first minister. Photograph: Kevin Boyes

US state department urges Northern politicians to quickly restore powersharing

Scott Dewees feels he has a good grip on whatever is the essence of Belfast, particularly because he does not share the Troubles-related antipathy found among so many in the Republic: “I don’t have the personal baggage some in the South have; I just took Belfast as I found it.”

Retired film scout: ‘Belfast is a city in a country in a renaissance; what better place to be?”

Former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness  leaves the Assembly chamber on Monday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Sinn Féin is primed for the poll, but the DUP seems caught in the headlights

Stormont Parliament  at dusk in Belfast, Northern Ireland, January 16th, 2017. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Concerns over relations between DUP and SF potentially worsening before March 2nd vote

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire on BBC’s ‘Andrew Marr Show’: he said his concern was that an election campaign would be divisive. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Northern Secretary ‘not contemplating’ return to direct rule after elections

British prime minister Theresa May is expected to say this week that Britain is prepared to leave both the single market and the EU’s customs union. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Theresa May expected to say Britain prepared to exit single market and customs union

DUP Minister Paul Givan: said the scheme was hugely oversubscribed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

More than 30 Orange Order halls and loyalist bands, two GAA clubs benefited from grants

A native of Los Angeles, Scott Dewees first came to Northern Ireland 30 years ago. He now lives in a  penthouse apartment overlooking the Titanic Quarter.

‘I love the smallness of Belfast’ says Scott Dewees, who lives in the Titanic Quarter

Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster: The earliest NI secretary James Brokenshire can set a polling date is 43 days from Monday, leaving a six-week election campaign. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

If Stormont is dissolved and an election battle begins, the DUP will meet fire with fire

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said it should not be assumed that the DUP and Sinn Féin will again emerge as the main parties in the North. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt says election should be referendum on ‘cash for ash’ debacle

 Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy (left), Michelle O’Neill (centre)  and Gerry Kelly speaking to the media at Stormont Parliament in Belfast, this week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Minister for Health Michelle O’Neill says the Irish language will be at the front of election campaign

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire are not optimistic of a resolution to the Stormont crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke

Flanagan and Brokenshire concede ‘high probability’ of Assembly elections

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan speaks to the media at Stormont House in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Charlie Flanagan holds meetings with DUP’s Arlene Foster and members of Sinn Féin

DUP Communities Minister Paul Givan: “My decision on the Líofa Bursary Scheme was not a political decision.” Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Charlie Flanagan in Belfast for meetings with Northern Secretary James Brokenshire

This is a time when a strong political voice should be heard from Stormont to try to ensure a favourable Brexit deal for the North. Instead it seems the voices will be of electoral squabbling

Dreading another election? Just be thankful if it is just one more this year

 Northern Secretary  James Brokenshire said he was trying to determine if there was a way to avoid   elections. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Efforts continue to avert elections although main consensus is Assembly poll inevitable

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire makes a statement to the media at Stormont House in Belfast Wednesday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern secretary says elections are highly likely after contacts with Sinn Féin

Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin  address the media about the IRA ceasefire. Photograph: Pacemaker

‘Cash for ash’ scandal may prove too much for weakened former deputy first minister

DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster announced plans to carry out a public inquiry into the flawed “cash for ash” heating scheme which precipitated this crisis. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sinn Féin dismissive of proposal while both governments seem resigned to poll

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire told  House of Commons on Tuesday the political situation in Northern Ireland was grave. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Jeffrey Donaldson warns North could face a return to extended period of direct rule

 DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster arrives at DUP headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Outgoing First Minister wants to start ‘cash for ash’ investigation by the end of the week

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness leaving Stormont Castle. He insisted his health was not a factor in his decision.  Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Photopress Belfast

Deputy first minister’s announcement means Foster must cease to act as First Minister

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