Sinn Féin’s Arder Carson: Elected as the first Lord Mayor of Northern Ireland’s newest and biggest council

Northern Ireland on Wednesday witnesses the biggest overhaul of local government in more than 40 years with the formal creation of 11 “super” councils(...)

Former DUP minister for social development Nelson McCausland has described a decision by Newry, Mourne and Down district council to put Irish first on its logo and literature as an exercise in “cultural sectarianism”. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Former DUP minister Nelson McCausland has described a decision by one of the North’s new super councils to put Irish first on its logo as an exercise (...)

Needham says the proposed entertainment complex could deliver up to £3 million in tax revenue for Belfast city council. Photograph: Barry Austin/Getty Images

’Tis the season for flashing lights, ringing bells and non-stop twinkly music. But if Belfast gave these traditional Christmas characteristics a home (...)

John Delaney. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/ INPHO

Unionist politicians rounded on Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney yesterday, referring to his singing of an IRA song as “sh(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. File Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise this evening by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. The Minister of Health Ed(...)

An Orange Order parade on Crumlin Road adjacent to the nationalist Ardoyne neighbourhood as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The contentious Orange Order parade to the flashpoint police lines in north Belfast concluded peacefully last night. The return parade of North(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  addressing the Sinn Féin ardfheis earlier this  year. Mr Green was noticeable by his absence from the event

An ex-IRA hunger striker and formerly one of Sinn Féin’s most senior advisers is taking a discrimination and unfair dismissal case against the(...)

Loyalist protesters demonstrate against restrictions on flying the  union flag from Belfast City Hall in central Belfast last January. Photograph: Reuters

Richard Haass appeared to be both angry about and baffled by the rejection by unionists of his proposals to deal with the past, flags and parades. Wha(...)

Northern Ireland sports minister Carál Ní Chuilín  arrives at Windsor Park to attend Northern Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifying  match against the Faroe Islands. Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA

The Irish Football Association (IFA) has confirmed it has been granted the funding needed for the redevelopment of Windsor Park.The Department of Cult(...)

Crowds gather on the Shankill Road for the service in the West Kirk Presbyterian Church. Photograph: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker Press International

Several hundred people have attended a moving ceremony in memory of nine people who died in the IRA Shankill bombing 20 years ago yesterday.The West K(...)