An “Eleventh Night” bonfire on Chobham Street in east Belfast, where firefighters had to spray down nearby houses with water to stop them catching fire. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/

There were several calls for a peaceful day of Orange Order parades as tens of thousands of Orangemen, thousands more band members and many thousands(...)

Paul Maskey: “This was a vote against austerity, a vote against Tory cuts and all the cuts on welfare reform.”

Sinn Féin’s Paul Maskey recorded an expected landslide victory in West Belfast to claim the party’s only MP seat in the city.Although the result was n(...)

Barry Lyttle and his brother Patrick are interviewed following the court hearing. Photograph: Pádraig Collins

Irish man Barry Lyttle has been given a 13-months suspended jail sentence for assaulting his brother Patrick in Sydney on January 3rd.He is now free t(...)

Sinn Féin candidate for West Belfast Paul Maskey says dissidents have received a powerful message from his constituents. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

To relax, Sinn Féin’s Paul Maskey likes to hike on the Divis and Black Mountain walking trail that overlooks his West Belfast constituency.“It’s great(...)

Has Michelle Gildernew secured Fermanagh-South Tyrone for Sinn Féin or could DUP-Ulster Unionist Party pact allow Tom Elliott to win it for UUP?

TOO CLOSE TO CALL East Belfast: Can Naomi Long hold the seat she sensationally took from DUP leader Peter Robinson in 2010? Or will single unionist ca(...)

Peter Robinson addressed a business breakfast in west Belfast on Friday in what the Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey described as a “historic” visit.Above,Peter Robinson  with Bishop Noel Treanor in the Great Hall at Stormont, Belfast..  Photo: Jonathan Porter

First Minister Peter Robinson addressed a business breakfast in west Belfast on Friday in what the Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey described as a “historic” (...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: warned there could be no unionist MP in Belfast following next May’s general election. File Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has called for an electoral pact with the DUP for next May’s British general election to try to maximise uni(...)

Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland secretary Ivan Lewis: Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

The refusal by Sinn Féin and the SDLP to accept major changes to Northern Ireland’s welfare rules is not acceptable, the British Labour Party has warn(...)

The coffin of Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA Guildford pub bombing, is carried to St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, for his funeral on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gerry Conlon was a “victorious human being” who “defeated a mighty foe”, his solicitor and friend Gareth Peirce told mourners at his funeral Mass in S(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (right) with Carmel Quinn (left) whose brother Frank Quinn, who was shot dead in Ballymurphy, West Belfast in August 1971Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Families of the 11 people shot dead by the British Army in Ballymurphy, west Belfast in 1971 are to meet with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today. The incident(...)