Sinn Fein expected  Mitchel McLaughlin  to succeed William Hay as speaker of the Assembly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of reneging on a public deal made by the late first minister Ian Paisley that Sinn Fein MLA Mitchel McLaughlin would suc(...)

Caitríona Ruane has called for a fresh recruitment process to select the next deputy chief constable  of the PSNI.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin Policing Board member Caitríona Ruane has withdrawn from the panel to recruit a new PSNI deputy chief constable.Calling for a fresh recruit(...)

This dispute has been running since last year after First Minister Peter Robinson withdrew his support for the centre. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

The continuing tensions between the DUP and Sinn Féin have resulted in the Ulster Aviation Society being forced to cancel a two-day event scheduled(...)

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott:  due to discuss ombudsman’s case with Policing Board tomorrow. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The North’s Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, is taking an unprecedented legal case against the PSNI Chief Constable, Matt Baggott, claiming he i(...)

Proposing the motion, Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said her party advocated the right to social, economic, gender and cultural equality.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Northern Assembly has again rejected by a majority vote a Sinn Féin motion calling for the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The DUP had table(...)

 The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland, including Cardinal Seán Brady, have written to the North’s Assembly members urging them to reject a Sinn Féin motion calling for the legalisation of gay marriage. Photograph: David Sleator

The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland, including Cardinal Seán Brady, have written an open(...)

 The wreckage of a helicopter at the accident site in Gillingham, Norfolk. Photograph:  EPA/Jason Bye

The Government, along with the heads of the Stormont Executive have paid tribute to Eddie Haughey, who died in a helicopter crash in Britain ye(...)

The Northern Assembly has endorsed an Ulster Unionist Party motion supporting the families of the Disappeared and noting “with extreme concern” allegations that Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was involved in the murder of Jean McConville.

The Northern Assembly has endorsed an Ulster Unionist Party motion supporting the families of the Disappeared and noting “with extreme concern” allega(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, who visited Belfast on Friday, said he would like the bridge to go ahead, but that it was a question of “hard cash”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A cross-Border bridge, finally approved in July, may be lost unless a multimillion euro funding gap is resolved urgently.It is understood that unless (...)

Mary McAleese led mourners at requiem Mass for the late Paddy Leneghan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Senior State and church figures joined hundreds of mourners in Co Down yesterday for the funeral of Patrick (Paddy) Leneghan, father of former preside(...)