Sinn Féin’s Arder Carson: Elected as the first Lord Mayor of Northern Ireland’s newest and biggest council

Northern Ireland on Wednesday witnesses the biggest overhaul of local government in more than 40 years with the formal creation of 11 “super” councils(...)

Arder Carson will take over from outgoing mayor Nichola Mallon  of the SDLP. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

The first mayor of Belfast’s new-look supercouncil will be Sinn Féin’s Arder Carson.Mr Carson, a former butcher, will take office next month when the (...)

Poet Michael Longley speaking at the Ulster Hall, where he received the freedom of Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast

Michael Longley is a poet who has “looked history square in the face” and who also played an important civic part in the creation of the 1998 Belfast (...)

British food writer Xanthe Clay will chair a conference on food tourism in Belfast in February

British food writer Xanthe Clay will chair a conference in Belfast next February entitled Focus on Food. The development of food tourism in the c(...)

A High Court judge has thrown out a legal bid to overturn a council block on putting Irish signs up on a Belfast street.Mr Justice Horner dismissed al(...)

The State’s four crematoriums: Glasnevin, Newland’s Cross, and  Mount Jerome in Dublin and Island Crematorium in Cork, arrange to have metals recycled after cremation.

Almost two tonnes of metal has been collected from the ashes of cremated bodies in Northern Ireland over the past four years as part of a recycling sc(...)

Members of the public await the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh outside the Crumlin Rd prison in Belfast, on the secon day of their visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA 1:28

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, former guest of her majesty Queen Elizabeth in Crumlin Road jail, turned tables on the British monarch this morn(...)

Election posters in Derry last weekend. Photograph: Sinéad O’Shea 2:55

While the dreary steeples issues of Orange and Green dominated the European and local elections in Northern Ireland as usual, there were some little (...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson: Alliance performance in East Belfast a cause for concern. Photograph: Arthur Allison

With plenty more votes still to be counted today, initial indications last night were that the status quo would prevail in the elections for the North(...)

Counting has begun in Northern Ireland after yesterday’s local and European elections. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Turnout in the Northern Ireland council elections held yesterday could be below 50 per cent, according to early returns.Counting is underway in 11 new(...)