Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD, signing  the book of condolences for the late Dr Ian Paisley in Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker Press

The very private funeral of the Rev Ian Paisley took place yesterday in the graveyard of Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Co Down.As the late fi(...)

The coffin of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, is carried to his grave at the Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan, Northern Ireland  today. Photograph: Reuters

As the funeral of Ian Paisley was taking place today, political leaders from across the divide paid tribute in the Northern Assembly at Stormont to th(...)

DUP First Minister Peter Robinson described Ian Paisley as a man who left ‘an indelible mark’. Photograph: Will Oliver/AFP

DUP First Minister Peter Robinson described Ian Paisley as a man who left an “indelible mark”, while Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness(...)

The late Sam Foster: was a “huge figure” in unionism. Photograph: Alan Betson

The death has occurred of Sam Foster, who served as minister for the environment in the first Northern executive, formed in 1999 a year after the sig(...)

DUP Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton:  claims Sinn Féin “are living on another planet economically and fiscally”. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA

On British government welfare reform Simon Hamilton, the DUP Minister of Finance, says he has one message for Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin, “It’s a good (...)

John Downey: In February, Peter Robinson threatened to resign as First Minister after the on-the-runs controversy came to light with his London trial. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

It was essential that non-prosecution commitments issued to more than 180 so-called republican on-the-runs cannot now be used to avoid potential futu(...)

Thousands gathered in city centre Belfast today for the Rally for Life demonstration. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Thousands gathered in city centre Belfast today for the Rally for Life demonstration. Bernadette Smyth of the Precious Life group in Northern Ireland (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said the British and Irish governments should intervene to stabilise the volatile political situation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concern is growing in the North that the potential for serious community tensions during next Saturday’s Twelfth of July parades has increased signif(...)

 PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton: “Violence and disorder in relation to the Twelfth is not inevitable.” Photograph: David Young/PA

The political atmosphere in Northern Ireland has deteriorated further after a DUP and Ulster Unionist Party decision to boycott today’s scheduled mee(...)

A loyalist protester gestures to the police in north Belfast last July on the third night of unrest after an Orange Parade was blocked from marching past the Nationalist Ardoyne area. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The Parades Commission has banned Orangemen from making their return parade past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast on the evening(...)