John Delaney. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/ INPHO

Unionist politicians rounded on Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney yesterday, referring to his singing of an IRA song as “sh(...)

Gerry Adams: issued a qualified apology for his “break these bastards” comments, but insisted that he was referring to bigots, racists and homophobes and not to all unionists. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has issued a qualified apology for his “break these bastards” comments, but insisted that he was referring to bigots(...)

“The point is to actually break these bastards – that’s the point,” said Gerry Adams on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Newton’s third law is that for every action there will be an equal and opposite reaction. In Northern Ireland that translates as, for every tribal ins(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been criticised for comments in which he referred to unionists as ‘bastards’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been criticised for comments in which he referred to unionists as “bastards”.Amid tensions in the North between Si(...)

 Peter Robinson: rallied party  for the Westminster electoral battle ahead at his party’s annual conference. Photograph: Eric Luke

; that unless the DUP and Sinn Féin do business together no business will be done. It is as simple as that.There is still a bitter rump in the party t(...)

East Derry MP Gregory Campbell said Sinn Féin’s “dream of a 2016 united Ireland is now nothing short of an embarrassment”. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

The East Derry MP Gregory Campbell who recently lampooned the Irish language in the Northern Assembly with his “curry my yogurt, a can coca coalyer” c(...)

Peter Robinson has urged DUP activists to fight for every vote in the election. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The North’s First Minister Peter Robinson has expressed the hope that Northern Ireland soon will be able to set its own corporation tax rate, while al(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds told his party’s annual conference that as many as 12 Unionist MPs could return to Westminster in May’s general election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unionism could increase its representation from nine to 12 seats in next May’s Westminster general election, the DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has tol(...)

DUP Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton wants less politicians and civil servants operating at Stormont. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The DUP Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton has proposed a “national reform plan for Northern Ireland” that would see a reduction in both the number of(...)

Peter Robinson on retirement: “It needs to be at a time when I feel that I have accomplished some of the key goals that I have set for myself. So, when that occurs it will happen, it will not be according to the calendar.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Politics in Northern Ireland may be in a confused mess at the moment, but ahead of this weekend’s annual DUP conference First Minister Peter Robinson (...)