Naomi Long: “I’m quite happy to start as the underdog.” Photograph: The Irish Times

The TUV hate the DUP And say they’re weak and wrong Yet they’ll help them out in East Belfast, Just to clobber Naomi Long. Commentator and columnis(...)

Desmond Boal: a devastating cross-examiner who rarely took a note, being gifted with total recall. Photograph:  Victor Patterson

Des Boal, who has died aged 86, was the greatest criminal defence barrister in of his generation in Northern Ireland. He was a devastating cross-exami(...)

 The DUP’s Jim Wells at  Stormont after his resignation as Northern Ireland  Minister for Health  on April 27th, 2015. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A gay man whose question prompted the resignation on Monday of Northern Ireland’s minister for health Jim Wells has said he was left incredulous by hi(...)

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell is  accused by his Sinn Féin adversary of being “one of the worst attendees at Westminster”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Outgoing MP Dr Alasdair McDonnell of the SDLP could be in trouble in South Belfast in next week’s Westminster general election. And if he loses he cou(...)

Two tribes: “North Belfast is starkly divided,” says Dodds. “I wouldn’t canvass on my own in Ardoyne, let’s put it that way.” Photograph: The Irish Times

North Belfast is the constituency where we have the frequently violent loyalist-nationalist stand-off each Twelfth of July night. In this patchwork of(...)

Upper Bann is one of those classic electoral triangles where whoever sells his or her message best will have the best chance of victory. It wor(...)

DUP candidate Rev William McCrea says that while not complacent he is confident of being re-elected

On the prospect of the Ulster Unionist Party securing the Westminster seat on Thursday week, the DUP’s Rev William McCrea says Danny Kinahan can “drea(...)

DUP Health Minister Jim Wells (left) at Stormont on Monday. Photograph: Press Eye.

The DUP Westminster election campaign has been thrown into disorder after the party’s Minister for Health, Jim Wells, was forced to resign over remar(...)

All DUP members  present voted against the motion, including First Minister and party leader Peter Robinson. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Northern Assembly has again voted to reject legalising same sex marriage. The Democratic Unionist Party had used its numbers to block the Sinn Féi(...)

DUP politician Jim Wells who has quit days after he sparked controversy with comments about gay marriage. Photograph: PA

Politics is often about timing and the timing for the Democratic Unionist Party and Jim Wells was disastrous, which resulted in his having to stand do(...)