Arlene Foster said she hopes the first years of Northern Ireland’s second century can be  better than people had dared to hope for. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gerry Moriarty Northern Editor The North will hold commemorative events for the Easter Rising and the impact it has had on the creation of Northern (...)

Liam Clarke pictured at his home in Ballymena in June 2014. Photograph: Belfast Telegraph

Tributes have been paid to the journalist Liam Clarke from Ballymena, Co Antrim, who died “suddenly but peacefully” on Saturday night. Clarke as a j(...)

Peter Robinson: menace, bite and presence. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

How many Ulster Unionists does it take to change a light bulb? None, the Ulster Unionist Party can’t change anything. That was Peter Robinson from his(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: ‘My successor will face the sometimes ferocious rigour of high office. It is not a task for the faint-hearted. There will be long dark nights but believe me, morning does come.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader and First Minister Peter Robinson has told his party’s annual conference his work is “almost done” and it is now time for “the next generat(...)

 Peter Robinson, with his wife Iris, after  winning back his East Belfast seat in 1987. Photograph: Pacemaker

“I’m demob happy,” says Peter Robinson, as he ushers me into his office in Stormont Castle. Three of his Civil Service staff are bantering in his oute(...)

A file image of Northern Ireland First Minister and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Peter Robinson who confirmed on Thursday he is to stand down from the role and as leader of the DUP.  Photograph: Reuters

Peter Robinson’s decision to stand down as DUP leader and First Minister is a big moment in Northern Ireland politics. It means unionism is losing its(...)

British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers: she has been resisting demands for more finance to lighten the effects of welfare cuts. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The British and Irish governments and Northern Ireland’s main parties were last night attempting to resolve two outstanding issues in order to achiev(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: ‘Things are going in the right direction.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have expressed confidence that a political deal will be agreed this week at Stormont. However, Northern Se(...)

Supporters in 2014 of the victims and families linked to the Ballymurphy killings. Photograph: PA

A call for a Hillsborough-style investigation into the Ballymurphy shootings by soldiers in Belfast has been rejected by the Stormont Assembly. Publi(...)

It has always been a bone of contention with sections of unionism that the strictures of compulsory power sharing – with anyone, let alone Sinn Féin –(...)