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(...)

Steve Bradley: Steve Bradley’s father, Pat, was Northern Ireland’s chief electoral officer. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

Steve Bradley’s father, Pat, stood at a podium in the King’s Hall in Belfast surrounded by television cameras in 1998 to announce the Belfast Agreemen(...)

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(...)

A file image of DUP politician Jim Wells, who has resigned following controversial remarks he made about gay marriage and child abuse at an election husting. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister has quit after sparking controversy over comments about same-sex marriage. Jim Wells is to step down from th(...)

Patrick Callaghan, Clontuskert, Galway East, and Michael O’Donoghue, Kilmurry, Cork North West, at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis  in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 3:13

Recently reminiscing fondly about Charles Haughey, a Fianna Fáil veteran of his era recalled the former taoiseach’s approach to any spell out of gove(...)

“Let Bobby in there, lads!” Micheál Martin puts one arm around byelection candidate Bobby Aylward as he salutes the party faithful at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke. 3:13

In the full and plenty days there was always a generous helping of meat in the middle of the FF sandwich. It sustained the party, helping it become st(...)

Ian Paisley jnr believes “very strongly in the traditional interpretation of what marriage is” and stands over the “immoral, offensive and obnoxious” comment. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ian Paisley jnr, as he works to consolidate his hold on the North Antrim constituency, says Justin McAleese needs to “get over it” after the former p(...)

The PSNI has confirmed it is investigating complaints against Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells which are believed to have been made by a l(...)

The failure of Stormont to provide Northern Ireland-wide agreements over issues such as flying the union flag or the official use of the Irish language has seen local councils going on solo runs over the status given to British or Irish identity. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

You’ve heard it said a thousand times in relation to politics in Northern Ireland: “Politics never changes in this place . . .”But it does. Society in(...)