First Minister Peter Robinson: procedure at the Ulster Hospital. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson is being assessed in a Belfast hospital after undergoing a procedure for a heart condition.Mr Robinson (...)

 Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “We can all rightfully be proud to be Irish and part of an increasingly tolerant, pluralist and outward-looking Ireland. Politicians, particularly in the North, need to reflect on this progress.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Yes vote in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum leaves the North as the last bastion of discrimination against gay people, according to Amnes(...)

Scenes Dublin Castle on Saturday for the referendum count. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The historic Yes vote in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum leaves the North as the last bastion of discrimination against gay people, accordin(...)

‘Jim Allister, leader of Traditional Unionist Voice, accused the DUP of “the worst excesses of the abuse of power” in the Assembly’s lifetime.’  Photograph:Paul Faith/PA

An editorial in the Irish News last Thursday referred to “a wide-ranging campaign involving the London and Dublin governments attempting to find a com(...)

 Theresa Villiers, who met senior representatives from the DUP, Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance at Stormont today. Photograph: Hannah McKay

Talks between the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and the North’s five main parties concluded today without agreement on how to break the deadlo(...)

Bert and Ernie on the “Support Gay Marriage” cake. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan.

There is a well known legal phrase in Latin, “De Minimis non curat lex”, which means the law does not concern itself with trifles. So, why did it conc(...)

The SDLP said they have deep concerns that the DUP is attempting to influence the Tory British bill of rights to create a “right to parade” in exchange for support for their slim Commons majority. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has intervened in the debate over a British pledge to scrap its Human Rights Act by stressing that Dubli(...)

File photograph of SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell. Photograph: PA

Dr Alasdair McDonnell, after holding on to his South Belfast seat in the Westminster elections, is now having to battle to hold on to his position as (...)

Northern Secretary, Theresa Villiers said the Stormont House Agreement must be enforced. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Outgoing Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has called on Northern politicians to press forward and implement the Stormont House Agreement. As the No(...)

David Cameron’s success in securing an unexpected overall majority meant that the DUP and first minister Peter Robinson’s hope that it would be “kingmaker” in dictating who is the next British prime minister was not realised. Photograph: EPA

British prime minister David Cameron, fresh from winning the most extraordinary House of Commons victory in modern times, has insisted that he will(...)