The chief counting officer for the Scotish referendum Mary Pitcaithly poses for photographs after announcing the final results of the Scottish vote for independence, in Edinburgh, Scotland today. Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the decisive result in the Scottish referendum and said pledges by Westminister for greater devolution to Scotland w(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD, signing  the book of condolences for the late Dr Ian Paisley in Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker Press

The very private funeral of the Rev Ian Paisley took place yesterday in the graveyard of Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Co Down.As the late fi(...)

The coffin of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, is carried to his grave at the Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan, Northern Ireland  today. Photograph: Reuters

As the funeral of Ian Paisley was taking place today, political leaders from across the divide paid tribute in the Northern Assembly at Stormont to th(...)

Members of the Orange Order march in Edinburgh on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Whatever the people of Scotland decide in the knife-edge independence referendum on Thursday, there is a quiet recognition in Northern Ireland that at(...)

DUP First Minister Peter Robinson described Ian Paisley as a man who left ‘an indelible mark’. Photograph: Will Oliver/AFP

DUP First Minister Peter Robinson described Ian Paisley as a man who left an “indelible mark”, while Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness(...)

The late Sam Foster: was a “huge figure” in unionism. Photograph: Alan Betson

The death has occurred of Sam Foster, who served as minister for the environment in the first Northern executive, formed in 1999 a year after the sig(...)

This dispute has been running since last year after First Minister Peter Robinson withdrew his support for the centre. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

The continuing tensions between the DUP and Sinn Féin have resulted in the Ulster Aviation Society being forced to cancel a two-day event scheduled(...)

John Downey: In February, Peter Robinson threatened to resign as First Minister after the on-the-runs controversy came to light with his London trial. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

It was essential that non-prosecution commitments issued to more than 180 so-called republican on-the-runs cannot now be used to avoid potential futu(...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The DUP and Ulster Unionist Party have supported calls for Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast to be included in the investigation of how the British (...)

Curtis Walker throws his band baton beside a loyalist pyre on Lanark Way in Belfast as final preparations are made for the 11th night bonfire. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Unlike last year, and unlike a number of years before that again, there is some hope that Northern Ireland might emerge from this Twelfth of July r(...)