Welcoming the retreat over full Commons voting rights, DUP leader Nigel Dodds said he was “very pleased”.  “This move demonstrates very clearly the power that relatively small numbers of MPs can have due to the very slim majority enjoyed by this government,” he said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

British prime minister David Cameron has backed down on plans to force through changes to House of Commons rules that would deny full voting rights to(...)

The SDLP said they have deep concerns that the DUP is attempting to influence the Tory British bill of rights to create a “right to parade” in exchange for support for their slim Commons majority. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has intervened in the debate over a British pledge to scrap its Human Rights Act by stressing that Dubli(...)

DUP Leader Peter Robinson celebrates with MPs (left to right) Sammy Wilson, Nigel Dodds, Gavin Robinson and Jeffrey Donaldson their General Election results at the Kings Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Jeffrey Donaldson has increased his stranglehold in the Lagan Valley constituency he has held since 1997. The DUP politican’s majority rose by 2,500 t(...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Sinn Féin of manufacturing a ‘contrived crisis’ by withdrawing support for a Northern Assembly welfare bill. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Sinn Féin of manufacturing a “contrived crisis” after the party announced it would oppose the passage of(...)

Martin McGuinness said Sinn Féin would not be part of any agenda that punished the most vulnerable. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Stormont was thrust back into potential crisis on Monday after deputy first minister Martin McGuinness said Sinn Féin will now oppose the passage of (...)

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(...)

The clear implication from all the Northern parties was that a generous injection of cash by London – talk was of £1 billion or so – would certainly s(...)

The visit of  Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to Flanders in Belgium coincides with a programme of commemorative events that is planned to mark the centenary of the Christmas Truce, where British and German soldiers played football in no man’s land. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Northern Irish Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to travel to Belgium on Saturday on a historic official visit to commemorate the centenary o(...)

 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(...)