Arder Carson will take over from outgoing mayor Nichola Mallon  of the SDLP. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

The first mayor of Belfast’s new-look supercouncil will be Sinn Féin’s Arder Carson.Mr Carson, a former butcher, will take office next month when the (...)

 Dr James Mehaffey (l), retired Church of Ireland  Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, and  Dr Edward Daly (c), retired Catholic Bishop of Derry, with mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson. The former bishops were conferred with the freedom of the city. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/PA Wire

Two of Derry’s retired bishops were conferred with the freedom of the city by mayor Brenda Stevenson, in the last official administrative act carried (...)

Poet Michael Longley speaking at the Ulster Hall, where he received the freedom of Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast

Michael Longley is a poet who has “looked history square in the face” and who also played an important civic part in the creation of the 1998 Belfast (...)

Two masked men, one believed to be armed with a handgun, were involved in the incident, according to the PSNI

SDLP Assembly member Alban Maginness has described as “sickening and vile” a suspected so-called punishment attack which left a 47-year-old north Belf(...)

DUP Assembly member and East Derry MP Gregory Campbell. Mr Campbell has been censured in the Assembly for ‘blatantly disrespectful’ behaviour after yawning loudly as a Sinn Féin MLA spoke in Irish. Photograph: Trevor McBride

DUP Assembly member and MP Gregory Campbell has been censured again for “blatantly disrespectful” actions relating to the Irish language - this time b(...)

It’s not the electoral pact between the unionist parties in four of the North’s Westminster constituencies that is undemocratic, but the wretched firs(...)

Gerry Adams: Described the State Department’s postponement of a meeting with a senior US diplomat as “bizarre”. Photograph: The Irish Times

The US State Department declined to respond to criticism by Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams that its decision to cancel his meeting with a high-rankin(...)

SDLP MLA Alban Maginness has branded a UUP and DUP election the pact as “predictable and narrow minded” and said his party would not enter into a similar deal with Sinn Féin, to concentrate the nationalist vote.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The SDLP has ruled out an electoral pact with Sinn Féin following an agreement between the North’s two main unionist parties in four Westminster const(...)

Members of Filipino Cork Community dancing at the St Patrick’s Day parade  in Cork City. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Cork Broadcaster and rugby pundit George Hook said he was “blown away” with emotion after serving as grand marshal in the St Patrick’s Day parade in C(...)

Both Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) and First Minister Peter Robinson (left) have cancelled plans to travel to Washington for St Patrick’s Day as they attempt to come to an agreement over Welfare Reform. Photograph: John Harrison/Harrison Photography/PA Wire.

The Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said he is hopeful that agreement in the latest impasse at Stormont can be reached by(...)