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(...)

The big focus will be on the orange-green tribal battle, particularly in the context of the demographic changes exposed by the 2011 census. That interest is heightened by  education statistics which show significantly more Catholics than Protestants in nursery, primary, second- and third-level education in the North. Photograph: Reuters

Politicians, pundits and academics will be closely observing the results of Northern Ireland’s local and European elections to determine if demographi(...)

Sinn Féin councillors will be obliged to do everything in their power to root out corruption during the next council term, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adam(...)

The death of former leader of the Progressive Unionist Party Hugh Smyth has prompted cross-party expressions of condolences. Mr Smyth (73), a f(...)

Alliance leader David Ford. The party came under fierce criticism from unionists when it used its votes on Belfast City Council to support a motion to reduce the number of days the union flag flies on Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is no evidence of Alliance Party support being squeezed due to the British union flags controversy, party leader David Ford said today when laun(...)

US software company Concentrix has confirmed it is to create around 1,000 jobs in Belfast. This more than dou(...)

Unionist parties moved quickly today to exploit what they viewed as a pre-election gaffe by Anna Lo, an Alliance South Belfast Assembly member. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Unionist parties moved quickly today to exploit what they viewed as a pre-election gaffe by Anna Lo, an Alliance South Belfast Assembly member (...)