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

There is a fascinating inter-unionist contest in the constituency, where a reverend doctor – who, for the moment, has abandoned the sacred world of re(...)

  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan held his first meeting yesterday with  Arlene Foster since she was elected Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is committed to making the Easter 1916 commemorations inclusive for all of the people on the island of Ireland, Minister for Foreign A(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson speaks about his decision to step down at Stormont Castle, November 19th, 2015. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On the cobbles outside Belfast City Hall, views among locals on the decision of Peter Robinson to stand down as First Minister ranged from apathy, kin(...)

Irish Government must hold “the British government to account” over allegations UDA intelligence officer Brian Nelson was allegedly urged by his British intelligence handlers to get the UDA to launch a bombing campaign in the Republic in the late 1980s, says Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin has stated that reports of how British agent Brian Nelson allegedly set up republicans and nationalists for murder and targeting demonstr(...)

Bobby Storey. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Gillen opposed peace process, but held firm with Adams and McGuinness Brian Gillen (58), from Belfast, is a senior republican who has generally manag(...)

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Minister of State Seán Sherlock and Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have discussed the crisis threatening the Stormont institutions as Dublin and London at(...)

A  mural in west Belfast from 2005, the year the IRA announced the ending of its armed campaign. Photograph:  Paul McErlane/Getty Images

The admission by Det Supt Kevin Geddes, the PSNI officer in charge of the Kevin McGuigan murder inquiry, that the Provisional IRA still exists, has ac(...)

The increasing fragility of political relations in Northern Ireland under a devolved administration should be a matter of concern to the Irish and Bri(...)

 Gerry Adams: IRA were not involved in the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast, Sinn Féin leader says. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said last night that the IRA were not involved in the “brutal murder” of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast earlier this mont(...)

Northern Ireland Justice Minister and Alliance Party member  David Ford. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The IRA may still be active a decade after its public disbandment, a senior Northern Ireland official has said. The remark prompted a flat denial fro(...)