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

The future of two of Northern Ireland’s best known unionist politicians will be the focus of the Assembly election in South Down – a sprawling rural (...)

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

If the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) are to replicate its impressive performance in Lagan Valley at the 2011 Assembly election, it means winning fo(...)

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Regular issues such as jobs, health and education will feature in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly election campaign but distilled to its essentials(...)

NI21 leader Basil McCrea: Disillusioned with politics in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

NI21 leader Basil McCrea is quitting Stormont after becoming disillusioned with politics in Northern Ireland. The Lagan Valley MLA has confirmed he (...)

Basil McCrea has vowed to fight for his political career after a Northern Ireland Assembly watchdog cleared him of a range of serious allegations, including sexual misconduct and voyeurism. Photograph: PA

Basil McCrea has vowed to fight for his political career after a Northern Ireland Assembly watchdog cleared him of a range of serious allegations, in(...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Sport Carál Ní Chuilín said: “Rather than hiding from challenges or denying that the challenges exist, I am dealing with the challenges,” she said. “It’s called leadership.” File photograph: Steven McCaffery/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Sport has said her department is not dysfunctional and that she is still mystified by the resignation of nine Sport NI(...)

The oldest school in Belfast is celebrating its 230th anniversary with the help of pupils and eminent alumni. Photograph: Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Whether it is in politics, in the arts, or on the Ireland rugby team, you do not have to look very far to find a Belfast Royal Academy pupil making(...)

 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(...)