Ian Paisley jnr believes “very strongly in the traditional interpretation of what marriage is” and stands over the “immoral, offensive and obnoxious” comment. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ian Paisley jnr, as he works to consolidate his hold on the North Antrim constituency, says Justin McAleese needs to “get over it” after the former p(...)

The death has occurred of Desmond Boal, QC, who with his former friend, Ian Paisley established the Democratic Unionist Party in 1971

The death has occurred of Desmond Boal, QC, who with his former friend, Ian Paisley – from whom he later became estranged – established the Democratic(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: Out every day canvassing the streets of Lisburn and towns and villages of his constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jeffrey Donaldson reckons the time may be approaching when bitter divisions that separated Ulster Unionists from Democratic Unionists could be officia(...)

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg warned of potential “Blukip” coalition “bringing together people who don’t believe in climate change; who reject gay rights; who want the death penalty back; and people who want to scrap human rights legislation”. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Democratic Unionist Party could wield power after the British general election in “a backward-looking right-wing” alliance with the Conservative(...)

The MPs decided the letters were “questionably unlawful”, had “distorted the legal process” and they cast huge doubt on Tony Blair’s claim that he had little choice but to concede the letters to keep Sinn Féin onside. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

During multiple sessions for nearly a year the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee probed and prodded ministers and officials to unear(...)

Martin McGuinness described the comments as ‘total nonsense’ and said Sinn Féin’s has made significant contributions to the economy in the North.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Martin McGuinness has rejected suggestions by Goldman Sachs that Sinn Féin represents the main threat to the growth of Ireland’s economy as “total no(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader James Molyneaux who has died aged 94.

Lord Molyneaux of Killead, who has died aged 94, led the Ulster Unionist Party from 1979 until 1995, a period when the British-Irish relationship was (...)

 David McConaghie (50), pleaded not guilty to committing voyeurism on dates between August 22nd and September 13th, 2012. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A former church minister and DUP MP adviser on Wednesday denied a charge of voyeurism. Appearing at Craigavon Magistrates Court, 50-year-old David McC(...)

Potential partners: Peter Robinson with David Cameron in the Downing Street garden (bottom right) and with Ed Miliband in Belfast (bottom left); David Cameron formed his current coalition with Nick Clegg (top left); Robinson will be under pressure to deliver short-term gains to party colleagues frightened of Traditional Unionist Voice, the party of Jim Allister (top right). Photographs: Will Oliver/AFP/Getty, Charles McQuillan/Getty, Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty and Paul Faith/PA Wire

Gregory Campbell, the Democratic Unionist Party MP for East Derry – or East Londonderry, as he would prefer – says he will be glad when Friday, May 8t(...)

Jeffrey Dudgeon: “I knew all about homosexuality, and by my midteens I had ascertained that fact about myself”

In his tweed hat, grey overcoat and horn-rimmed glasses, Jeffrey Dudgeon looks the picture of respectability. That’s because he is respectable: at 65,(...)