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).

Sinn Féin got its election posters up early here to demonstrate it is very serious about holding its five seats in this six-seater constituency. Afte(...)

PSNI forensic officers inspect the damaged van following a suspected car bomb attack on a prison officer  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

There are thin lines between life and death. Last week, a 52-year-old prison officer, a married father of three, was badly injured after a car bomb ex(...)

SDLP deputy leader Fearghal McKinney (right): “Sinn Féin is doing Tory austerity – and in spades”. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Sinn Féin has been attacked in the Northern Assembly for supporting a motion handing over responsibility for welfare cuts to Westminster rather than t(...)

UUP Leader Mike Nesbitt at Stormont Parliament in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has described the first session of the Stormont talks since Tuesday’s report on the status of the IRA and ot(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has appointed a panel to help assess the status of the IRA and other paramilitaries as talks continue at Storm(...)

Arlene Foster: Made it clear that the DUP was expecting more from Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: PA

DUP acting First Minister Arlene Foster has described as “disappointing” a statement by Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers that “serious consideratio(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters at Stormont Castle in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: Getty

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has said there should be no preconditions to any talks held between Northern parties to resolve the impasse that has bro(...)

Maíria Cahill arriving for talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings last year, Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Maíria Cahill is calling for Dublin to appoint a legal expert to investigate the alleged cover up of the sexual abuse of children. Ms Cahill was spea(...)

Northern Ireland’s Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory apologises to three woman who accused an alleged IRA member of abusing them as children,  after a damning report criticised how  the  prosecution was handled at the Public Prosecution Service offices in Belfast. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty/The Irish Times

Maíria Cahill has called on Sinn Féin to accept the findings of Sir Keir Starmer QC and to apologise to her. Ms Cahill said she welcomed and ac(...)

Sinn Féin candidate for West Belfast Paul Maskey says dissidents have received a powerful message from his constituents. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

To relax, Sinn Féin’s Paul Maskey likes to hike on the Divis and Black Mountain walking trail that overlooks his West Belfast constituency.“It’s great(...)