A count supervisor sorts voting papers at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, after elections to decide the make-up of the next Stormont Assembly. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

With counting underway across Northern Ireland, perhaps now is a good time to take stock of what exactly is happening. The basics: There are 108 sea(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for takes a break in negotiations during the second day of the EU summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA

SUZANNE LYNCH The Government will attempt to use the common travel area to exempt Irish citizens working in the UK from a British proposal to reduce w(...)

 British prime minister David Cameron during the second day of an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/EPA

The Government will use the common travel area to try to exempt Irish citizens working in Britain from its proposed reduction in welfare payments to E(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron defends Taoiseach’s right to comment about the potential impact a British exit could have on the peace process. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

David Cameron has suggested that Irish people working in the United Kingdom may not be affected by changes to welfare benefits in Britain’s renegotiat(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the Sinn Féin ArdFheis 2015 in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to contest for a place in Derry for the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a bid by the party to attac(...)

Thomas Lynch with his new Irish record twaite shad of 1.64kg caught from the River Barrow at St Mullins

Specimen hunters and other anglers again managed to catch large fish covering the range of species normally reported, with new records established for(...)

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has a five-months-old baby called Rosa. His wife’s name is Rachael Parkes. Given that he now leads Northern Ireland’s SDLP, a party bor(...)

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with the veteran civil rights campaigner Paddy ‘Bogside’ Doherty. Photograph: Sinn Fein/PA Wire

Tributes have been paid to a veteran civil rights activist who has died at the age of 89. Paddy Doherty, who was better known as “Paddy Bogside” pass(...)

A dead sparrowhawk. Photograph: Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime

More than 30 protected birds of prey were killed in Northern Ireland in five years, according to a report on wildlife crime. A golden eagle, white-ta(...)

Colum Eastwood: at 32, the youngest-ever leader of the SDLP and the youngest MLA in the Assembly delivered a cracking victory speech.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“That’s the best speech we’ve heard in a hundred years,” said a hugely enthused SDLP supporter to reporters at the press desk after new leader Colum E(...)