The SDLP said they have deep concerns that the DUP is attempting to influence the Tory British bill of rights to create a “right to parade” in exchange for support for their slim Commons majority. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has intervened in the debate over a British pledge to scrap its Human Rights Act by stressing that Dubli(...)

File photograph of SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell. Photograph: PA

Dr Alasdair McDonnell, after holding on to his South Belfast seat in the Westminster elections, is now having to battle to hold on to his position as (...)

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson has carried out a significant reshuffle of DUP ministerial posts in the North’s Executive. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, DUP leader Peter Robinson, has carried out a significant reshuffle of DUP ministerial posts in the North’s Executiv(...)

Piper Gary McDonald and (L to R) Dr Frank Costello, Rev Jack Lamb and  Jim McAuley at the ceremony remembering victims of the Famine  buried in Shankill Graveyard

A special ceremony was held on the loyalist Shankill Road in Belfast on Monday to mark how Protestants as well as Catholics suffered and died in the F(...)

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. UK prime minister David Cameron has confirmed that Ms Villiers is to continue in her position.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers is to continue in her position. The news was confirmed when UK prime minister David Camer(...)

Northern Secretary, Theresa Villiers said the Stormont House Agreement must be enforced. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Outgoing Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has called on Northern politicians to press forward and implement the Stormont House Agreement. As the No(...)

DUP Leader Peter Robinson celebrates with MPs  Nigel Dodds and Gavin Robinson at the Kings Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

With the Westminster election over the challenge in Northern Ireland is to make politics work. The man of the moment is Peter Robinson. The policies t(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson celebrates with MPs (left to right) Sammy Wilson, Nigel Dodds, Gavin Robinson and Jeffrey Donaldson at the Kings Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 4:51

It was a good night for Peter Robinson in that lost pride was restored after his namesake, but no relation, Gavin Robinson won back East Belfast for t(...)

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The Northern Ireland elections concluded at daylight with significant changes in the electoral arithmetic after the DUP regained East Belfast and the (...)

Nigel Dodds (centre) celebrates with DUP leader Peter Robinson (right) and Gavin Robinson (left). Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, with the benefit of the DUP-Ulster Unionist Party pact, was elected comfortably in North Belfast, despite attempts (...)