Maíria Cahill  on BBC 
Spotlight
: “There are other victims out there listening to all this and being retraumatised because of Sinn Féin’s refusal to admit what has happened.” Photograph: Pacemaker/BBC Spotlight

First Minister Peter Robinson has expressed support for Maíria Cahill, the west Belfast woman who said she was raped by an IRA member when she was 16(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has a big challenge ahead: to get his party back into the House of Commons, where it is seatless. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers told some 350 Ulster Unionist delegates at the party’s annual conference in Belfast on Saturday that they were co(...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: warned there could be no unionist MP in Belfast following next May’s general election. File Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has called for an electoral pact with the DUP for next May’s British general election to try to maximise uni(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said progress was made from 2007-2012 but that the last two years had been ‘absolutely appalling’. Photograph: Brian Lawless

Negotiations to avert a crisis that could bring down the Northern Executive and Assembly began at Stormont yesterday amid recrimination, a dispute ove(...)

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after the death of a pedestrian in Belfast.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after the death of a pedestrian in Belfast.The 18-year-old victim was hit by a white Rena(...)

Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil must carve out a distinctive identity and give people a reason to vote for the party or it risks becoming the “next SDLP”, a byelection po(...)

Sinn Fein expected  Mitchel McLaughlin  to succeed William Hay as speaker of the Assembly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of reneging on a public deal made by the late first minister Ian Paisley that Sinn Fein MLA Mitchel McLaughlin would suc(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers at the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland Executive will be unable to reduce corporation taxes unless it agrees cuts to the welfare budget, NI Secretary of State Theres(...)

DUP energy minister Arlene Foster. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Exploration company Tamboran Resources is to legally challenge decisions made by Northern Executive ministers which effectively bars it from drilling (...)

The “effective closure” of the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) which investigates past killings of the Troubles will take place by the end of this year, the PSNI said today.

The “effective closure” of the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) which investigates past killings of the Troubles will take place by the end of this yea(...)