The Leaders’ Debate on BBC One Northern Ireland with UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP leader Arlene Foster, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Alliance Party leader David Ford. Photograph: Press Eye

“I love Arlene” were the first three words uttered on the DUP’s final Northern Assembly election broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster yesterday morning. The(...)

Leader Micheál Martin with Fianna Fáil TD’s Micheal McGrath, Jim O’Callaghan, Dara Calleary, Fiona O’Loughlin, Charlie McConalogue and Eugene Murphy speaking to media at Leinster House. Photgraph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said people who get bills for water charges in the coming days should still pay. Mr Martin said it was his party’s (...)

‘Adams has come out with some very strange tweets in his time, but the misjudgement and inappropriateness involved in this one was galling and immediate. The word is racist and a slur. It is not appropriate to use it in any circumstances. Full stop.’ Photograph: Reuters

In the insular world of Irish political reporting, it takes a huge event to knock the current obsession - government formation - off the front page. (...)

To unpick what really happened, we need to consider the deeply peculiar phenomenon that is the @GerryAdamsSF Twitter account. Photograph: The Irish Times

“The Irish are the n****rs of Europe. ” So Jimmy Rabbitte famously told the band in Roddy Doyle’s 1987 novel The Commitments. But that line didn’t mak(...)

Django Unchained: depicted the treatment of black people in America during a tragic period in US history

Sinn Féin TDs have defended party leader Gerry Adams in the controversy over his tweet using a racist word, but acknowledged that his use of language(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams’s often strange use of Twitter has long been a source of nervous embarrassment to the party.  Photograph: Reuters

A Gerry Adams gaffe on Twitter is one of those things that should be in the training manual for new Sinn Féin TDs. The Sinn Féin leader’s often stran(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said on Monday his use of the N-word in a tweet had been a mistake and inappropriate. Photograph: Reuters

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has acknowledged he “made a mistake” in using the N-word in a tweet in which he compared the struggle against slavery (...)

Widow Joanne McGibbon (centre) with her daughters Michaela and Seana and Fr Gary Donegan (extreme right) joins members of the public at a vigil in the grounds of Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne, in memory of  taxi driver and father-of-four Michael McGibbon, who was shot dead in North Belfast at the weekend. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

At Holy Cross Church in north Belfast last week, Joanne McGibbon said the local Ardoyne community was stronger than those who just days earlier had mu(...)

Sinn Féin’s recent ardfheis was a slick, professional affair, marking a decisive shift in strategy as it seeks to broaden its appeal and attract middl(...)

Micheál Martin faces a challenging, medium term task to position Fianna Fáil  back among the middle ground voters.  It is they, after all, who will decide which party leads the next government, a position it covets.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The Dáil chamber on Wednesday heard howls of “collusion” from the Sinn Féin benches, directed towards Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Enda Kenny and Mich(...)