The republican Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Sinn Féin’s Mitchel McLaughlin,  has said it is his “absolute duty” to lead a Commonwealth group at Stormont. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The republican Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly has said it is his “absolute duty” to lead a Commonwealth group at Stormont.Sinn Féin’s Mitche(...)

Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin who was elected the first republican speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s new Assembly speaker has described his appointment as “hugely symbolic”.Mitchel McLaughlin (69) a former Sinn Féin general secretar(...)

Sinn Fein expected  Mitchel McLaughlin  to succeed William Hay as speaker of the Assembly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of reneging on a public deal made by the late first minister Ian Paisley that Sinn Fein MLA Mitchel McLaughlin would suc(...)

Rev Ian Paisley. Photograph: Eric Luke

The private funeral of the Rev Ian Paisley is taking place today in Co Down after a family service at his east Belfast home to be led by his son the (...)

DUP Minister for Health Edwin Poots: said the relationship between the parties was the “poorest since 2007”

The DUP and Sinn Féin have for the first time officially acknowledged a serious deterioration in the relationship between the two parties which(...)