Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “We can all rightfully be proud to be Irish and part of an increasingly tolerant, pluralist and outward-looking Ireland. Politicians, particularly in the North, need to reflect on this progress.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Yes vote in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum leaves the North as the last bastion of discrimination against gay people, according to Amnes(...)

Scenes Dublin Castle on Saturday for the referendum count. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The historic Yes vote in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum leaves the North as the last bastion of discrimination against gay people, accordin(...)

All DUP members  present voted against the motion, including First Minister and party leader Peter Robinson. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Northern Assembly has again voted to reject legalising same sex marriage. The Democratic Unionist Party had used its numbers to block the Sinn Féi(...)

Margaret Ritchie:  Unionist support and determination to retain South Down should ensure she is returned. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The SDLP has laid limpet-like claim to South Down since Eddie McGrady first won the seat for the party in 1987. That’s because the seat was so hard-wo(...)

 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(...)