Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin who was elected the first republican speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s new Assembly speaker has described his appointment as “hugely symbolic”.Mitchel McLaughlin (69) a former Sinn Féin general secretar(...)

Peter Robinson on retirement: “It needs to be at a time when I feel that I have accomplished some of the key goals that I have set for myself. So, when that occurs it will happen, it will not be according to the calendar.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Politics in Northern Ireland may be in a confused mess at the moment, but ahead of this weekend’s annual DUP conference First Minister Peter Robinson (...)

The East Derry DUP MP and Assembly member Gregory Campbell was today denied speaking rights in the Assembly chamber after making mocking remarks about the Irish language. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The East Derry DUP MP and Assembly member Gregory Campbell was today denied speaking rights in the Assembly chamber after making mocking remarks about(...)

Sinn Fein expected  Mitchel McLaughlin  to succeed William Hay as speaker of the Assembly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of reneging on a public deal made by the late first minister Ian Paisley that Sinn Fein MLA Mitchel McLaughlin would suc(...)

The Northern Assembly has endorsed an Ulster Unionist Party motion supporting the families of the Disappeared and noting “with extreme concern” allegations that Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was involved in the murder of Jean McConville.

The Northern Assembly has endorsed an Ulster Unionist Party motion supporting the families of the Disappeared and noting “with extreme concern” allega(...)

Republicans in the bogside area of Derry, mark the death of Margaret Thatcher, carrying a poster referring to the INLA murder of Tory MP Airey Neave. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Some 70 republicans mounted a demonstration at Free Derry corner this afternoon following the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret(...)

DUP Minister for Health Edwin Poots: said the relationship between the parties was the “poorest since 2007”

The DUP and Sinn Féin have for the first time officially acknowledged a serious deterioration in the relationship between the two parties which(...)