The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Lagan Valley – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

If the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) are to replicate its impressive performance in Lagan Valley at the 2011 Assembly election, it means winning fo(...)

Revised terms: The emotionally and ideologically loaded formulations – unborn child, direct (as opposed to indirect) abortion – have been replaced in the new guidance by accurate clinical terms such as “foetus”. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Stormont Executive, last Friday evening, Good Friday, published its Guidance for Health and Social Care Professionals on Termination of Pregnancy (...)

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has succeeded in an attempt to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood was irrational and infected by apparent bias. Photograph: The Irish Times.

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has succeeded in an attempt to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood was irrationa(...)

Edwin Poots: His remarks on Arlene Foster would not have gone down well in Sierra Leone. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

If Edwin Poots had said in the parliament of Sierra Leone what he said at Stormont on Monday, somebody, quite likely Isatu Kabia, would have bitten hi(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster: moved Mervyn Storey from the Department of Social Development to finance with DUP chairman Lord (Maurice) Morrow taking over social development.

The North’s new First Minister, Arlene Foster, used her first full day in office to appoint North Antrim Assembly member Mervyn Storey to fill her fo(...)

 Arlene Foster, who will be formally  elected Northern Ireland First Minister today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A leading DUP politician and a senior Free Presbyterian Minister have expressed confidence that Arlene Foster, who is to be elected Northern Ireland (...)

Nigel Dodds after retaining his north Belfast seat in the general election last May. The MP cited the difficulty of running the party from Westminster as a reason not to seek the DUP leadership. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The North’s Minister for Finance Arlene Foster was last night installed as favourite to become the next leader of the DUP after deputy leader Nigel (...)

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots. File Photograph:  Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Judgment has been reserved in former Stormont health minister Edwin Poots’ bid to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ir(...)

Senior judges in Northern Ireland were told former minister for health Edwin Poots (above) acted irrationally in maintaining the prohibition on blood donations from gay men, because the threat of blood contamination was “infinitesimal”.  File photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Lifting the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland would increase the risk of a contaminated donation getting through just once ever(...)

UUP Leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Ulster Unionist Party wants to work with nationalism but it cannot tolerate Sinn Féin continuing to insist that the IRA no longer exists, the UUP (...)