Peter Robinson has urged DUP activists to fight for every vote in the election. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The North’s First Minister Peter Robinson has expressed the hope that Northern Ireland soon will be able to set its own corporation tax rate, while al(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds told his party’s annual conference that as many as 12 Unionist MPs could return to Westminster in May’s general election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unionism could increase its representation from nine to 12 seats in next May’s Westminster general election, the DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has tol(...)

Peter Robinson on retirement: “It needs to be at a time when I feel that I have accomplished some of the key goals that I have set for myself. So, when that occurs it will happen, it will not be according to the calendar.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Politics in Northern Ireland may be in a confused mess at the moment, but ahead of this weekend’s annual DUP conference First Minister Peter Robinson (...)

Emergency services at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast last night, where hugely popular Dutch DJ Hardwell was due to perform.  Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Alan Lewis

Emergency services in Belfast were tonight dealing with what they term “a major incident” at the Odyssey Arena, the city’s largest entertainment ve(...)

DAN KEENANVan the Man became the Belfast freeman last night when, before an audience of 2,500, he was conferred with the city’s highest honour. Van M(...)