Mr Reg Empey. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The outcome of the 2015 Westminster election was a “breakthrough” for the Ulster Unionist Party opening opportunities in the period ahead, former lead(...)

In Gaelic games the anthem and flag have become part of the furniture at matches. No matter what, there’s always a Tricolour at the ground.

There used to be a moment at congresses and agms when it was traditional to thank the media for their coverage of Gaelic games, as if the press tables(...)

 Seán Kavanagh in action for Tyrone. The arson attack badly damaged his Tír na nÓg clubhouse.

An arson attack has badly damaged the premises of Tyrone footballer Seán Kavanagh’s club. The attack on the Tír na nÓg clubhouse happened in the earl(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen to be dancing to the tune of Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There’s a Vladimir Putin style of macho competitive politics sometimes played within unionism. Which means that Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen t(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt will be putting mental health and wellbeing at the top of his agenda for Monday’s meeting with David Cameron.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt is to focus on mental health and wellbeing issues during a meeting with David Cameron at Downing Street on M(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: Set to learn on Monday if she is to keep the Northern Ireland portfolio. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers, who has said she would be delighted to stay on in the Stormont job, is expected to learn her fate on Monday as Br(...)

David Cameron’s success in securing an unexpected overall majority meant that the DUP and first minister Peter Robinson’s hope that it would be “kingmaker” in dictating who is the next British prime minister was not realised. Photograph: EPA

British prime minister David Cameron, fresh from winning the most extraordinary House of Commons victory in modern times, has insisted that he will(...)


The Northern Ireland elections concluded at daylight with significant changes in the electoral arithmetic after the DUP regained East Belfast and the (...)

“The most westerly constituency is not only red, white and blue, it’s represented,” said the UUP’s Tom Elliott. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Unionist candidate Tom Elliott criticised Sinn Féin’s abstentionist policy as he claimed victory in the Fermanagh South Tyrone constituency after 5am (...)

UUP candidate for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott arrives at the polling station in his home town of Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh, as voting continues across the UK in the most uncertain general election for decades. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s political leaders have cast their votes in an election that could hand some of them a role in shaping the next government.Democrati(...)