Michelle Gildernew: after the courts examined the 2010 result her margin of victory over agreed unionist candidate Rodney Connor was reduced to a single vote. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Out on Irish Street in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew meets her nephew Jordan. “Ah no, I didn’t manage to get registered to vote; I left it (...)

Weekend in . . . Belfast: take a ‘black taxi tour’ to better understand the city’s fraught history. Drivers deliver a running commentary on the Troubles and explain the significance of the numerous political murals. Photograph: Chris Carmichael/The New York Times: 5:30

Avoided, underrated or just plain forgotten, Belfast is a city that’s been fighting a bad reputation for half a century. A visit today, however, is(...)

The Europa Hotel in Belfast: The trip promises a stay at the hotel “which was bombed and refurbished a staggering 28 times during the Troubles”. Photograph: Paul Mcerlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Funds of Sinn Féin, sorry, Friends of Sinn Féin recently alerted American subscribers to its mailing list about a 1916- themed trip to the Auld Sod. “(...)

Gerry Adams, re-enactor Jim Roche, Martin McGuinness and Mary Lou McDonald at the Sinn Féin launch of their 1916 Commemoration Plans. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin has launched an alternative Easter Rising programme to the State events for next year’s centenary commemorations. Sinn Féin President Gerry (...)

The party faithful are conditioned to accept what the leader says, and indeed don’t care if he was in the IRA or not.

Following the remarkable success of Sinn Féin in the recent local and European contests, and in reasonable anticipation of further gains in the next g(...)

Matt Carthy (right) , Sinn Fein candidate in the European Elections , canvassing Alan Grey, jeweller, at Dundalk , Co. Louth on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

There are a few similarities between Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy and Fianna Fáil’s Thomas Byrne. Both are boyish-looking 36-year-olds and are married with(...)

Gerry Adams: “Worried about the damage [his arrest] may be doing to the image of policing,” according to Assembly member Gerry Kelly. Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been released by the PSNI investigating the murder of 37-year-old mother of 10 Jean McConville in 1972.A file on t(...)

David Holmes in his studio: ‘I’ve always loved living in Belfast; with my DJing career I’ve travelled all round the world, but I always wanted to come back.’ Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

David Holmes just wants a quiet life. He says so, almost as soon as we sit down to talk in the kitchen table of his home in Belfast, which is littered(...)

 Actor Michael Fassbender. Photograph: Matt Carr/Getty Images

It’s January 2013, and Michael Fassbender is sheltering from the icy mountain winds in a class of faux-Alpine lodge near a lake in Co Wicklow. Obvious(...)

The Other Cheek? by John Keane; Ulster Museum collection

The bronze woman has been flung on to her back by the force of the explosion: legs splayed, arms contorted, face obscured. Frozen in the eterna(...)