Henry Reilly, from Kilkeel, Co Down, is a member of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The former chairman of Ukip in Northern Ireland has been expelled from the party. Photograph: Ukip

A former chairman of Ukip in Northern Ireland has been expelled from the party, a spokesman said. Henry Reilly, from Kilkeel in Co Down, is a member o(...)

The Ulster Defence Association, the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Red Hand Commando on Tuesday released a joint declaration of intent “recommitting” themselves to the peaceful and democratic principles of the 1998 Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Loyalist paramilitary have issued a statement pledging to “eschew all violence and criminality”. The Ulster Defence Association, the Ulster Volunteer (...)

 Sammy Wilson who won East Antrim for the DUP with a healthy  majority. Photograph: New

Sammy Wilson has retained the East Antrim seat for the DUP. The firm favourite was re-elected with a healthy majority but the party vote was down on 2(...)

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(...)

 UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: the price of internal peace was his party dropping to just 13 seats in the Northern Assembly. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/William Cherry

The Ulster Unionist Party met for its annual conference at the Ramada Hotel in south Belfast on Saturday slimmed down, but in better heart notwithstan(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) with chairman of the corporation behind the development of the former Maze Prison site, Terence Brannigan, at  the site yesterday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness appear to have got their political marriage back on track. The fact that the First Minister and Dep(...)