DUP MP for North Antrim Ian Paisley jnr said: “What part of keep out does he [Taoiseach Enda Kenny] not understand? This is a matter for the people of the UK. His intervention will be counterproductive. A fool would know that. The rush to speak should be tempered by wisdom.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senior DUP politicians including party leader and First Minister Arlene Foster have rallied behind North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds following his criticis(...)

 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 (...)

North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The British government’s demand for major spending cuts in Northern Ireland is now a greater threat to the peace process than dissident republicans, N(...)

David Cameron’s success in securing an unexpected overall majority meant that the DUP and first minister Peter Robinson’s hope that it would be “kingmaker” in dictating who is the next British prime minister was not realised. Photograph: EPA

British prime minister David Cameron, fresh from winning the most extraordinary House of Commons victory in modern times, has insisted that he will(...)

The Northern Ireland elections concluded at daylight with significant changes in the electoral arithmetic after the DUP regained East Belfast and the (...)

Gavin Robinson (left), celebrates as he wins the Belfast East seat for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Photograph: AFP

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has regained the MP seat for East Belfast after its candidate Gavin Robinson saw off the challenge of incumbent Na(...)

UUP candidate for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott arrives at the polling station in his home town of Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh, as voting continues across the UK in the most uncertain general election for decades. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s political leaders have cast their votes in an election that could hand some of them a role in shaping the next government.Democrati(...)

DUP candidate Ian Paisley jnr walks along the Dark Hedges whilst out canvassing  in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

On the macro front, the Westminster general election results in Northern Ireland could have a bearing on whether David Cameron or Ed Miliband is the n(...)

Naomi Long: “I’m quite happy to start as the underdog.” Photograph: The Irish Times

The TUV hate the DUP And say they’re weak and wrong Yet they’ll help them out in East Belfast, Just to clobber Naomi Long. Commentator and columnis(...)

DUP politician Jim Wells who has quit days after he sparked controversy with comments about gay marriage. Photograph: PA

Politics is often about timing and the timing for the Democratic Unionist Party and Jim Wells was disastrous, which resulted in his having to stand do(...)