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

For the first time since the Belfast Agreement, Martin McGuinness will not be one of the candidates chasing votes in the Mid Ulster constituency, whic(...)

The Orange Order has claimed that Protestants in the Northern Ireland civil service are not being treated fairly compared with Catholics, citing double-standards in the acceptance of cultural practices. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Getty Images.

The Orange Order has claimed that Protestants in the Northern Ireland civil service are not being treated fairly compared with Catholics, citing doub(...)

A letter from its European chief executive, Liam Strong, to the Northern Ireland Assembly’s enterprise, trade and investment committee says that by the beginning of this month, it had written €4.6 billion off the total due on the loans. Above: Stormont Parliament Buildings.

US investor Cerberus has written €4.6 billion off more than €12.5 billion in Irish property debt it bought over the last two years. Between mid-2014(...)

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone said: “Investors don’t care much about party politics but when that impacts on political stability, as it has here, they think twice about where they locate their business.”

The political standoff is “holding back construction activity” in Northern Ireland and firms are being forced to seek work outside of the North, the l(...)

Sir Edward Carson’s statue at Stormont: keeping lights on in the parliament might seem a challenge due to gloomy political backdrop in the North. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Making sure the lights stay on in Stormont might seem like a tall order at the moment, given the current gloomy political backdrop in the North. But f(...)

Demonstrators outside the House of Commons as UK chancellor George Osborne set out his plans to reshape the country’s economy with the first budget of the new Conservative government on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

The UK chancellor’s pledge on Wednesday in his summer budget to cut British corporation tax to 18 per cent by 2020 will reduce the overall cost to the(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. An Assembly committee has said that Northern Ireland credit unions and mutual societies should benefit from  any new lower rates of corporation tax.  File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Credit unions and mutual societies in Northern Ireland should be able to benefit from any new lower rate of corporation tax, according to a cross-part(...)

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson blamed the North’s four other main parties for Mr Osborne’s decision to put conditions on his corporation tax offer.

The British chancellor’s decision to link the devolution of corporation tax-setting powers to a successful outcome of the current Northern political t(...)

 Late poet Seamus Heaney, above, has been described by  Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan as a “very humble, modest man” who was “very accessible”.

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to his friend and fellow poet Seamus Heaney who died this morning. The pair have been friends for decades(...)

Assembly members have rejected a legal measure that would restrict abortion availability in Northern Ireland.

Assembly members have rejected a legal measure that would restrict abortion availability in Northern Ireland. An(...)