Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness:  said he would support reducing the number of MLAs  from 108 to 90 by moving from 18 six-seat to 18 five-seat constituencies. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

First Minister Peter Robinson has “very much” welcomed proposals by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness that the size of the Assembly and Norther(...)

1998 - Peace settlement talks, Stormont Castle, and the Rev Ian Paisley ..... In whose interest? Photograph: The Irish Times

It is surely ironical that the deluge of eulogies, albeit qualified, heaped upon Ian Paisley came in the same week that First Minister and DUP leader (...)

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and  First Minister Peter Robinson.  One of the reasons relations between the two are so bad is because of Sinn Féin opposition to welfare reform. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

What would happen economically in Northern Ireland if the Scots vote Yes tomorrow creates more questions than answers, while the prospect of a fairly (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD, signing  the book of condolences for the late Dr Ian Paisley in Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker Press

The very private funeral of the Rev Ian Paisley took place yesterday in the graveyard of Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Co Down.As the late fi(...)

Prof John Brewer of Queen’s University, Belfast

“This is a Rubicon,” says Prof John Brewer of Queen’s University, Belfast. “Irrespective of a Yes or a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson, a former party colleague of the late Ian Paisley pauses for a moment at the portrait of the former first minister which hangs at Stormont. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

A Big Man needed a big funeral. And here was the funeral of one of Ireland’s largest and most controversial figures but it was held behind a marquee-t(...)

The coffin of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, is carried to his grave at the Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan, Northern Ireland  today. Photograph: Reuters

As the funeral of Ian Paisley was taking place today, political leaders from across the divide paid tribute in the Northern Assembly at Stormont to th(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness signs the book of condolence for Ian Paisley at Derry’s Guildhall. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

Ian Paisley got the full front-page treatment on Northern Ireland’s three main morning newspapers on Saturday.The centre-ground, but fairly unionist, (...)

Former Alliance Party leader: “I am astonished at the collective amnesia that continues to be displayed by many politicians and political commentators on the political legacy of Ian Paisley, which has led to the rewriting of history.”

Former leader of the Alliance Party John Cushnahan has expressed surprise at the reaction by politicians and commentators to the death of Ian Paisley.(...)

Members of the Orange Order march in Edinburgh on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Whatever the people of Scotland decide in the knife-edge independence referendum on Thursday, there is a quiet recognition in Northern Ireland that at(...)