The Titianic Experience museum in Belfast. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

New taxes, water charges and possible public sector pay protests – could this be a taste of what the future holds for Northern Ireland?Because life as(...)

A memorial service for Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland first minister and Democratic Unionist Party founder, will be held in Belfast next month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A memorial service for Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland first minister and Democratic Unionist Party founder, will be held in Belfast next mon(...)

Sammy Wilson  of the DUP: “I congratulate the people of Scotland for recognising the benefits of the union, despite the tartan terror tactics of the SNP during a very contentious referendum campaign.”

GERRY MORIARTYNorthern Editor Sinn Féin is maintaining its push for a Border poll on a united Ireland on the back of the Scottish independence referen(...)

The first, faltering steps

Twenty years ago, after decades of street violence and armed struggle, peace came to Northern Ireland. On September 1st, 1994, following agreement on (...)

September 7th, 1994:  Gerry Adams, Albert Reynolds and John Hume after their meeting in Government Buildings in Dublin to discuss a ceasefire in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Albert Reynolds believed his greatest political achievement was helping to bring an end to what he called the “terrible cycle of death” in Northern Ir(...)

The queen visits the Game of Thrones television set in Belfast’s Titanic quarter watched by cast members Lena Headly, who plays Queen Cersei Lannister, and Conleith Hill, who plays Lord Vary. Photograp: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Old lags, oh the stories they can tell. The visit of Queen Elizabeth generated something of a feel-good factor in Belfast yesterday. There was a goo(...)

Members of the public await the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh outside the Crumlin Rd prison in Belfast, on the secon day of their visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA 1:28

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, former guest of her majesty Queen Elizabeth in Crumlin Road jail, turned tables on the British monarch this morn(...)

First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter  Robinson has  expressed “suspicion” that senior republicans such as Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness received official British guarantees that they would never face prosecution for alleged involvement in actions such as the killings of Jean McConville and Frank Hegarty. Photograph: Will Oliver/PA Wire

The comfort letters issued to the so-called republican on-the-runs (OTR) must be declared “null and void” so that pledges of non-prosecution should ha(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams speaking to media  at the RDS Count Centre for European and local elections, while Taoiseach Enda Kenny is broadcast speaking from a count centre via satellite. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Sinn Féin showed this weekend there is more than one way to stage a “spectacular”. Not even halfway through the count and party leaders were alread(...)

 It’s a tough task for the SDLP’s Alex Attwood, but if he manages to get ahead of Jim Nicholson in the early counts there is a possibility he could stay there. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

If the three Northern Ireland MEPs aren’t all returned to Europe people will be surprised, but not shocked. There is an outside prospect of an upset i(...)