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

AMANDA FERGUSON Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt is anxious to win back the party’s second seat it dropped when David McNarry defected to (...)

It is “unclear” why  Michael Noonan did not instruct Nama to “suspend the sales process” for its Northern Irish portfolio  when it learned of  “proposed fee arrangements” in place, a Stormont inquiry has found. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is “unclear” why Minister for Finance Michael Noonan did not instruct Nama to “suspend the sales process” of its portfolio in the North when it lea(...)

Abortion is legal in the North where there is a threat to the life of the woman or where there is a risk of a serious and adverse effect on her physical or mental health which is either long term or permanent.  Photograph: Thinkstock

There were 16 abortions in Northern Ireland from April 2014 to April 2015 which is a reduction of seven on the previous year, according to the latest (...)

 Arlene Foster, who will be formally  elected Northern Ireland First Minister today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A leading DUP politician and a senior Free Presbyterian Minister have expressed confidence that Arlene Foster, who is to be elected Northern Ireland (...)

Last month Mr Justice Mark Horner held that abortion legislation in Northern Ireland breached a human rights article in relation to fatal foetal abnormality and pregnancy as a result of sexual crime. File photograph: Getty Images

A Belfast High Court judge has effectively handed over responsibility for implementing his ruling that abortion should be permitted in cases of fatal (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan had said he was confident both administrations could work together with the potential buyer.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said in 2013 that there was “only one buyer” for the National Asset Management Agency’s Project Eagle properties (...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson with Taoiseach Enda Kenny:  Cerberus wrote the letter ahead of a meeting between the company, Mr Robinson, his special adviser and the north’s then Minister of Finance, Simon Hamilton. Photograph: Alan Betson

US investor Cerberus told Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Peter Robinson, that it would write down developers’ €6 billion debts and cancel person(...)

Cerberus say it had contact with Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (above) and former minister of finance Simon Hamilton before the acquisition of Nama’s North portfolio. Photograph:   Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Cerberus, the New York investment firm that bought Nama’s portfolio in the North for £1.2 billion (€1.6bn), has said for the first time that it held(...)

Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland,  gives her reaction to yesterday’s DUP walkout. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

There was great confusion but not much relief, as Bob Dylan more or less said, at Stormont yesterday. But behind the chaos, one of two things w(...)

There were  77 incidents of domestic abuse reported every day in the last year –  three every hour.

Sixty-seven people across Northern Ireland were killed by their partner, ex-partner or a family member, according to police records covering the last (...)