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

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. Af(...)

A PSNI patrol has come under gun attack in west Belfast in an incident which the police are treating as attempted murder. Police said eight (...)

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Minister of State Seán Sherlock and Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have discussed the crisis threatening the Stormont institutions as Dublin and London at(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers. Ms Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan are to attempt to break the stalemate that threatens the Northern 	Executive. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers are meeting the five main Northern Ireland parties this (...)

 Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “It’s highly questionable as to whether or not the meeting will achieve anything but we will be there.” Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has expressed pessimism about the possibility of crunch talks in Belfast tomorrow result(...)

Durkan (54), who is in his third Westminster election campaign, having also served as deputy first minister, blames the DUP and Sinn Féin for the latest logjam. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/GettyImages

While canvassing on the streets of Derry, Mark Durkan says he detects an “anti-politics vibe” on the doorsteps. It’s a reaction he has been experienci(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness complained of ‘political policing’ against Sinn Féin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness again complained “political policing” when he addressed a rally in west Belfast this afternoon in support of S(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson claims that the interests of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland are regarded as subservient to their interests in the Dáil.  Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has accused Sinn F éin of refusing to move on welfare reform in the North (...)

John Downey: Emergency debate at Stormont  to discuss  fallout from court decision not to press ahead with action against Donegal man in connection with  1982 Hyde Park bombing. Picture: EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

The Northern Ireland Assembly has backed a DUP motion expressing outrage at secret British government deals with republican on-the-runs and calling(...)

Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and MLA Gerry Kelly pictures at Stormont  after a meeting with secretary of State Teresa Villiers. Photograph: Pacemaker

The judicial inquiry into the decision to tell up to 200 IRA members if they were wanted for prosecution in the UK will not have powers to inve(...)