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

For the first time since the Belfast Agreement, Martin McGuinness will not be one of the candidates chasing votes in the Mid Ulster constituency, whic(...)

A friend welcomed a badger sett on his land even when they wrenched a sheaf from his best daffodils, just nicely in flower. Illustration:  Michael Viney

A friend with an outlier badger sett just the other side of the hedge was reminded of his intermittent neighbours on a brilliant morning last week whe(...)

British prime minister David Cameron with the Bushmills Distillery cooper and chairman David Gosnell (left) during his visit to Bushmills distillery in Co Antrim. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron has warned a Brexit would damage the economy and farming industry in Northern Ireland during a visit to persuade(...)

People power North and South: Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness, Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Whatever Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour and some of the southern commentariat might say, there is a fairly broad consensus in Northern Ireland, based (...)

Milk prices have been a major issue for dairy farmers in the North this year Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Farming families in the North suffered a £129 million slump in their livelihoods last year as farm incomes fell to £183 million (€240m) in 2015 accord(...)

Gerry Hagan, from the Rivers Agency, operates a pump near Dungannon where locals are feeling the effects of rising water levels in Lough Neagh. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Three Northern Executive Ministers held an emergency meeting in Cookstown, Co Tyrone yesterday to try to devise a plan to assist those who have been a(...)

Referee Maggie Farrelly who makes history when she takes charge of Sunday’s McKenna Cup clash between  Fermanagh and St Mary’s at Brewster Park, Enniskillen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

That history is being made – again in the GAA – seems something to celebrate and perhaps a reminder that equality of women in all sport is still a wor(...)

Minister for Fisheries Michelle O’Neill: she  is more preoccupied with the dairy crisis in the North which has been sparked by the steep drop in milk prices. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Not unlike many people in Northern Ireland Gráinne and John Lavery used “to be in property”. And like a significant percentage of the local population(...)

Michelle O’Neill on assistant referee duty in the SSE Airtricity League.  “It took many supporters a while to accept female officials, but now the respect is there.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

From the chaos of an under-10s game on a bumpy local pitch in Wexford to the hype and prestige of the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada, Michelle O’Ne(...)

Raheny United players and coaches celebrate their Women’s FAI Cup victory over UCD Waves at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Raheny United 2 UCD Waves 1 (after extra-time)Holders Raheny United were pushed all the way by newcomers UCD Waves to claim their third FAI Women’s Cu(...)