Nama sold €5.6 billion worth of loans against northern Irish properties to Cerberus for €1.7 billion in June 2014. The US fund hired US lawyers Brown and Rudnick, along with  Northern Irish firm Tughans, as advisers. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

State agency Nama on Tuesday defended the sale of its Northern Ireland loans, which has sparked a row over claims of corrupt payments and is facing pa(...)

The Parliament Buildings in the Stormont Estate in Belfast. Photograph: PA/Paul Faith.

The Stormont finance committee met today to discuss the allegations by independent TD Mick Wallace that a Northern Ireland politician or party may hav(...)

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The Northern Ireland elections concluded at daylight with significant changes in the electoral arithmetic after the DUP regained East Belfast and the (...)

SDLP leader and MP for South Belfast Alasdair McDonnell is congratulated by Ukip candidate Bob Stoker and DUP candidate Jonathan Bell after their General Election result was called at the Kings Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell saw off a robust challenge from both nationalist and unionist competitors to retain his Westminster seat in South Be(...)

UUP candidate for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott arrives at the polling station in his home town of Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh, as voting continues across the UK in the most uncertain general election for decades. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s political leaders have cast their votes in an election that could hand some of them a role in shaping the next government.Democrati(...)

DUP candidate Ian Paisley jnr walks along the Dark Hedges whilst out canvassing  in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

On the macro front, the Westminster general election results in Northern Ireland could have a bearing on whether David Cameron or Ed Miliband is the n(...)

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell is  accused by his Sinn Féin adversary of being “one of the worst attendees at Westminster”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Outgoing MP Dr Alasdair McDonnell of the SDLP could be in trouble in South Belfast in next week’s Westminster general election. And if he loses he cou(...)

Has Michelle Gildernew secured Fermanagh-South Tyrone for Sinn Féin or could DUP-Ulster Unionist Party pact allow Tom Elliott to win it for UUP?

TOO CLOSE TO CALL East Belfast: Can Naomi Long hold the seat she sensationally took from DUP leader Peter Robinson in 2010? Or will single unionist ca(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha look at weapons during their visit to the ‘Game of Thrones’ television set in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool

British prime minister David Cameron’s flying visit to Northern Ireland on Tuesday helped to crank up public interest in the Westminster general elect(...)

Alliance party leader David Ford said blame will lie with Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Green Party if the Stormont House Agreement “falls apart” over their stance on welfare reform in the North

Alliance party leader David Ford said blame will lie with Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Green Party if the Stormont House Agreement “falls apart” over t(...)