The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast East – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

This Assembly election, barring calamity, will see the return to frontline politics of Alliance’s Naomi Long. It may even pave the way for her, eventu(...)

Former Royal Irish Regiment soldier Andy Allen: A “huge honour” to join the party’s Assembly team. Photograph: PA

An Afghanistan veteran who lost both legs and was partially blinded in a Taliban bomb has become the latest member of the Stormont Assembly. Andy All(...)

A member of a Republican band takes part in a parade commemorating dead IRA members in the village of Castlederg, in Co Tyrone. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

A commemoration to Tyrone IRA members including two who died when they were killed by their own bomb has has passed off peacefully despite a loyalist (...)

Armoured vehicles gather around a burnt out car on the shore road after the police came under attack from loyalists throwing petrol bombs on the fourth night of unrest after an Orange Parade was blocked from marching past the Nationalist Ardoyne area in North Belfast. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

US vice president Joe Biden has told Northern Ireland’s first minister Peter Robinson and deputy first minister Martin McGuinness that he is deeply co(...)

A PSNI Police officer in full riot gear is helped by colleagues after being injured in a confrontation with loyalists in north Belfast, after an Orange July 12th parade was stopped from passing a Nationalist area. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire.

The PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott has drafted in an additional 400 officers from Britain to support his force after the Twelfth of July rioting in(...)

Basil McCrea: supported the proposal

GERRY MORIARTY The Northern Assembly has rejected a Sinn Féin motion to legalise same se(...)