Paul Maskey of Sinn Féin (left), who has been elected in Belfast West,  congratulates fellow party member Gerry Kelly (right) on being elected as MLA for Belfast North, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Belfast North count is complete in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections. It is a similar result as in 2011 - two seats to Sinn Féin, three to (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster said: “The role of First Minister has huge symbolic significance at home and abroad.” File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland politicians have made their last pitch to voters who go to the polls on Thursday to elect 108 Assembly members in 18 six-seater const(...)

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

There is a fascinating inter-unionist contest in the constituency, where a reverend doctor – who, for the moment, has abandoned the sacred world of re(...)

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Regular issues such as jobs, health and education will feature in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly election campaign but distilled to its essentials(...)

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster launching  her party’s  manifesto for the Northen Ireland Assembly election at   the Spectrum Centre, Belfast on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has called on unionists to vote for her party in the Northern Assembly elections to ensure she is returned as First Minister.(...)

Gerry Adams:  Described as “ridiculous” the prospect of land frontiers in the event of a Brexit. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has warned that if Britain voted to leave the European Union, it would have “very profound implications” for Northern (...)

DUP MP for North Antrim Ian Paisley jnr said: “What part of keep out does he [Taoiseach Enda Kenny] not understand? This is a matter for the people of the UK. His intervention will be counterproductive. A fool would know that. The rush to speak should be tempered by wisdom.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senior DUP politicians including party leader and First Minister Arlene Foster have rallied behind North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds following his criticis(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘It is important to note that there are significant numbers of Irish citizens living in Britain.’ Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is “very much aware” that the referendum on a British exit from the EU [ Brexit] is “one for the British electorate(...)

 Arlene Foster,  who  succeeds Peter Robinson, at a hotel in Belfast before being elected leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Photograph: Getty Images

The first part of a two-stage drama unfolded in East Belfast on Thursday night when Peter Robinson stepped down and Arlene Foster stepped in as the th(...)

Arlene Foster has been elected leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, succeeding Peter Robinson, who has led the party since 2008. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

New leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster has said she wants to create a “more harmonious” society in Northern Ireland. She told the(...)