First Minister Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen to be dancing to the tune of Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There’s a Vladimir Putin style of macho competitive politics sometimes played within unionism. Which means that Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen t(...)

The increasing fragility of political relations in Northern Ireland under a devolved administration should be a matter of concern to the Irish and Bri(...)

 Gerry Adams: IRA were not involved in the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast, Sinn Féin leader says. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said last night that the IRA were not involved in the “brutal murder” of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast earlier this mont(...)

Northern Ireland Justice Minister and Alliance Party member  David Ford. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The IRA may still be active a decade after its public disbandment, a senior Northern Ireland official has said. The remark prompted a flat denial fro(...)

An “Eleventh Night” bonfire on Chobham Street in east Belfast, where firefighters had to spray down nearby houses with water to stop them catching fire. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/ photopressbelfast.co.uk

There were several calls for a peaceful day of Orange Order parades as tens of thousands of Orangemen, thousands more band members and many thousands(...)

 Mick Wallace. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s finance committee will hold a meeting to consider allegations £7 million was lying in an account reportedly destined f(...)

Part of a  processing plant at Carrickedmund near the Louth /Armagh border where customs officers uncovered a diesal laundering operation. Photograph: Tom Conachy

A new marker could be a “game changer” in the battle against multi-million pound fuel laundering crime on the island of Ireland, the North’s Minister (...)

Sarah Ewart (24), from Belfast, who had to travel to England to have an abortion in 2013 after being told her. Ms Ewart has joined a landmark legal action seeking to have the law changed to allow terminations in cases of lethal foetal abnormality and sexual crime. The case is being heard at Belfast High Court. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Minister for Justice David Ford has no power to unilaterally change Northern Ireland’s abortion laws, the High Court in Belfast has heard. Mr Justice(...)

DUP ministers Arlene Foster, Simon Hamilton, Jonathan Bell and Michelle McIlveen after an Executive meeting at Storming Castle as Northern Ireland’s  ministers fail to agree a budget for public spending for next year. Photograph: PA

The Northern Executive has failed to agree a budget for the rest of this financial year with most Ministers also conceding that they have no notion of(...)

One of Northern Ireland’s largest law firms has withdrawn its professional services in the case of a woman due to stand trial for murdering her partner

One of Northern Ireland’s largest law firms has withdrawn its professional services in the case of a woman due to stand trial for murdering her partne(...)