DUP Leader Peter Robinson (left) and Councillor Gavin Robinson (right) speaking at the Launch of the DUP Party’s European and local council election manifesto in Belfast earlier this month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Féin and the DUP have consolidated their grip on Northern politics in the second day of counting in the local government elections. With more tha(...)

European election candidate Tina McKenzie with NI21 co-founder Basil McCrea, during the launch of the the party’s European election manifesto earlier this month. Ms McKenzie has resigned from the party’s executive. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The leader of NI21 Basil McCrea has insisted he did “nothing wrong” as it emerged he is facing an investigation into an allegation against him of in(...)

NI21’s European election candidate Tina McKenzie speaks during the launch of the the party’s European election manifesto at Europa Hotel in Belfast

As Northern Ireland electors vote today, NI21, one of the parties which is contesting both the local and European elections, was rocked by eve of poll(...)

NI21’s European election candidate Tina McKenzie speaks during the launch of the the party’s European election manifesto at Europa Hotel in Belfast .

If people don’t vote for change nothing will change in Northern Ireland, said Tina McKenzie when launching NI21’s European manifesto in Belfast.Ms McK(...)

 Cardinal Seán Brady: “None of us can remain indifferent when talks aimed at resolving the issues of flags, parades and the past break down.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Catholic and Church of Ireland Primates of All Ireland have strongly urged Northern Ireland’s political parties to give further consideration to (...)

The aftermath of the Omagh bombing in Co Tyrone on August 15, 1998

The North’s Attorney General John Larkin needed his thick neck and broad back for the metaphorical blows that rained down on him yesterday and that wi(...)

Plans to hold the Miss Ulster competition in parliament buildings at Stormont have been pulled in the wake of an outcry from some politicians. Assembl(...)

Arlene Foster outside Stormont in a file image. The DUP Economy Minister  said staging the Miss Ulster event at Stormont was sending out the wrong message.  Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Plans for a beauty pageant at the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly have sparked controversy.The Miss Ulster competition has come in for criticism(...)

 UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: the price of internal peace was his party dropping to just 13 seats in the Northern Assembly. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/William Cherry

The Ulster Unionist Party met for its annual conference at the Ramada Hotel in south Belfast on Saturday slimmed down, but in better heart notwithstan(...)

 Construction of the Maze prison on the  outskirts of Lisburn, nine miles southwest of Belfast. Photograph: Ciaran Donnelly /THE IRISH TIMES

The continuing controversy over the DUP’s decision to withdraw support for a peace and reconciliation centre at the Maze prison site has triggered a b(...)