Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “We can all rightfully be proud to be Irish and part of an increasingly tolerant, pluralist and outward-looking Ireland. Politicians, particularly in the North, need to reflect on this progress.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Yes vote in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum leaves the North as the last bastion of discrimination against gay people, according to Amnes(...)

All DUP members  present voted against the motion, including First Minister and party leader Peter Robinson. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Northern Assembly has again voted to reject legalising same sex marriage. The Democratic Unionist Party had used its numbers to block the Sinn Féi(...)

During the second World War, Bill McCrea, who has died aged 94, devised an innovative way of informing his family that against the odds he had flown h(...)

 DUP Leader Peter Robinson (left) and Councillor Gavin Robinson (right) speaking at the Launch of the DUP Party’s European and local council election manifesto in Belfast earlier this month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Féin and the DUP have consolidated their grip on Northern politics in the second day of counting in the local government elections. With more tha(...)

European election candidate Tina McKenzie with NI21 co-founder Basil McCrea, during the launch of the the party’s European election manifesto earlier this month. Ms McKenzie has resigned from the party’s executive. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The leader of NI21 Basil McCrea has insisted he did “nothing wrong” as it emerged he is facing an investigation into an allegation against him of in(...)

NI21’s European election candidate Tina McKenzie speaks during the launch of the the party’s European election manifesto at Europa Hotel in Belfast

As Northern Ireland electors vote today, NI21, one of the parties which is contesting both the local and European elections, was rocked by eve of poll(...)

NI21’s European election candidate Tina McKenzie speaks during the launch of the the party’s European election manifesto at Europa Hotel in Belfast .

If people don’t vote for change nothing will change in Northern Ireland, said Tina McKenzie when launching NI21’s European manifesto in Belfast.Ms McK(...)

Clare Bailey, organiser of Alternative Ms Ulster, at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Stephen Davison

The grand marble staircase at Stormont has often been the backdrop to high political drama, from resignations to police raids, but never before has(...)

The late Alec Reid pictured in 2007. His funeral Mass is being held at Clonard, with his interment later in the Redemptorist plot in Milltown Cemetery. Photograph: EPA/David Aguilar

An ecumenical service of gratitude for the life of Fr Alec Reid was held in Clonard Church in west Belfast last night ahead of his funeral today. “I u(...)

The aftermath of the Omagh bombing in Co Tyrone on August 15, 1998

The North’s Attorney General John Larkin needed his thick neck and broad back for the metaphorical blows that rained down on him yesterday and that wi(...)