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

The Ulster Unionist Party’s Danny Kinahan taking the South Antrim Westminister seat from the Democratic Unionist Party’s Rev William McCrea was one o(...)

Aa masked jihadi mocks British prime minister David Cameron in a purported Islamic State video. Photograph: PA

The poor don’t rebel; they don’t have the energy or the time. And they don’t have the money. Recently on Andrew Neil’s politics show on the BBC an ar(...)

SDLP deputy leader Fearghal McKinney (right): “Sinn Féin is doing Tory austerity – and in spades”. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Sinn Féin has been attacked in the Northern Assembly for supporting a motion handing over responsibility for welfare cuts to Westminster rather than t(...)

Symbols of remembrance at Westminster Abbey, London, November 5th, 2015. Sinn Féin’s Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council  will not  attend this Sunday’s remembrance day service in Derry.  Photograph:  Andy Rain/EPA

The Sinn Féin Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council has announced she will not be attending this Sunday’s remembrance day service at the w(...)

DUP candidate Rev William McCrea says that while not complacent he is confident of being re-elected

On the prospect of the Ulster Unionist Party securing the Westminster seat on Thursday week, the DUP’s Rev William McCrea says Danny Kinahan can “drea(...)

Sinn Féin parliamentary candidate for Mid Ulster Francie Molloy: “Lough Neagh is one of the gems we have in Mid Ulster.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Mid Ulster constituency lying between the Sperrin Mountains in the west and Lough Neagh in the east was held by the DUP’s William McCrea for 14 ye(...)

Durkan (54), who is in his third Westminster election campaign, having also served as deputy first minister, blames the DUP and Sinn Féin for the latest logjam. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/GettyImages

While canvassing on the streets of Derry, Mark Durkan says he detects an “anti-politics vibe” on the doorsteps. It’s a reaction he has been experienci(...)

The republican Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Sinn Féin’s Mitchel McLaughlin,  has said it is his “absolute duty” to lead a Commonwealth group at Stormont. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The republican Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly has said it is his “absolute duty” to lead a Commonwealth group at Stormont.Sinn Féin’s Mitche(...)

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 (...)