An attendee holds the order of service which features a portrait of the late Ian Paisley as guests arrive for thehis  memorial service at the Ulster Hall  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images 2:19

More than 800 people attended a memorial service for the late DUP leader and first minister Ian Paisley in the Ulster Hall in Belfast this afternoon.D(...)

Sinn Fein expected  Mitchel McLaughlin  to succeed William Hay as speaker of the Assembly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of reneging on a public deal made by the late first minister Ian Paisley that Sinn Fein MLA Mitchel McLaughlin would suc(...)

The round tower of the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders, several kilometres away from where the famous football game between British and German soldiers during the Christmas truce of 1914 took place. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Writer, producer and humanist Don Mullan has no reason to feel particularly nostalgic about the passing of former Democratic Unionist Party leader (...)

 Gallahers has been owned by JTI since 2007.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The recent death of the man most associated with Ballymena, Ian Paisley, ended a political epoch. The impending death of one of the north Antrim town’(...)

Cigarette maker JTI Gallaher is to shut its factory in County Antrim with the loss of almost 1,000 jobs. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Close to 1,000 jobs will be lost with the expected closure of one of Northern Ireland’s major private sector employers.Japan Tobacco International (J(...)

Ian Paisley jnr. Photograp:  Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Gallahers cigarette factory in Ballymena is set to close with the loss of nearly 1,000 jobs after its parent company Japan Tobacco International ((...)

Theresa Villiers: is meeting Charlie Flanagan to plan talks involving the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main parties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The US administration is determined that talks aimed at breaking the political deadlock in Northern Ireland should succeed, Minister for Foreign Affa(...)

A memorial service for Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland first minister and Democratic Unionist Party founder, will be held in Belfast next month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A memorial service for Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland first minister and Democratic Unionist Party founder, will be held in Belfast next mon(...)

Edwin Poots, who was dropped as minister for health yesterday in a surprise DUP ministerial reshuffle, today triggered a shockwave when he said it was “public knowledge” that Mr Robinson would stand down.  Photograph: Health Protection Agency/PA Wire.

Dropped DUP minister Edwin Poots has triggered something of a shockwave in Northern Ireland by stating that it’s “public knowledge” that Peter Robinso(...)

The Scottish referendum result has “neatly set the scene” for St Andrews Mark II talks aimed at resolving the political problems and divisions that are threatening the Northern Executive and Assembly. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Scottish referendum result has set the scene for St Andrews Mark II talks aimed at resolving the political problems and divisions that are threate(...)