Luke “Ming” Flanagan said while it was obvious Russian president Vladimir Putin was “not a very nice individual” the EU had “given up the right to lecture anybody on sovereignty”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin MEPs have abstained on a European Parliament resolution condemning human rights abuses in Russia. Independent MEP Luke “Ming” Flanagan vote(...)

President of the Palestinian Authority  Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) shakes hands with   South African president Jacob Zuma yesterday in Pretoria, South Africa.  The European Parliament will vote on a resolution to recognise the state of Palestine at its plenary session next month.  Photograph: Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty Images

The European Parliament will vote on a resolution to recognise the state of Palestine at its plenary session next month, after a vote scheduled for to(...)

Sinn Féin’s part leader Gerry Adams celebrates with party members Michelle Gildernew, Martin McGuinness, deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and Martina Anderson (r) after topping the poll at the Kings Hall count centre, Belfast. Photograph: EPA/Paul McErlane

Northern Ireland’s three outgoing MEPs were returned to Brussels after a two-day count that left the North’s chief electoral officer proposing that fu(...)

Sinn Féin’s part leader Gerry Adams celebrates with party members Michelle Gildernew, Martin McGuinness, deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and Martina Anderson (r) after topping the poll at the Kings Hall count centre, Belfast. Photograph: EPA/Paul McErlane

Counting in the European election will resume in Northern Ireland later today with officials facing heavy criticism over the length of time the proces(...)

Sinn Fein’s Martina Anderson at the King’s Hall, Belfast, after confirmation of her election. Photograph:  David Young/PA Wire

Outgoing Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson was returned to Brussels yesterday evening when she exceeded the quota on the first count in the Northern Irel(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the Dublin city count and European count, at the RDS in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has rejected Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s claim that the anti-government vote in both the local and European election was bo(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson: Alliance performance in East Belfast a cause for concern. Photograph: Arthur Allison

With plenty more votes still to be counted today, initial indications last night were that the status quo would prevail in the elections for the North(...)

Basil McCrea and John McAllister of the NI21 party, pictured with Tina McKenzie, who resigned from the party executive on Thursday night

The new NI21 party was in turmoil last night with its European candidate Tina McKenzie resigning from the party executive as polling in the local and (...)

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(...)

 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(...)