Former DUP  leader Ian Paisley at the Independent Orange Order demonstration at Ballycastle, Co Antrim in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

Ian Paisley was rebuked by the Northern Ireland secretary Douglas Hurd at a face- to- face meeting in 1984 for a bitter tirade Paisley had made (...)

The East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson is considering whether to contest the leadership of the DUP against the firm favourite for the post Arlene Foster, informed sources said on Tuesday.

The East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson is considering whether to contest the leadership of the DUP against the firm favourite for the post Arlene Foster, inf(...)

Nigel Dodds after retaining his north Belfast seat in the general election last May. The MP cited the difficulty of running the party from Westminster as a reason not to seek the DUP leadership. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The North’s Minister for Finance Arlene Foster was last night installed as favourite to become the next leader of the DUP after deputy leader Nigel (...)

“I think the SDLP need to get real,” Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness said. “The fact that we went that technical route which has the sunset clause which ensures the powers reside in this Executive actually saves our institutions £40 million”. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Martin McGuinness has batted away scathing criticism that welfare powers have been “surrendered” to Westminster. The Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister (...)

Supporters in 2014 of the victims and families linked to the Ballymurphy killings. Photograph: PA

A call for a Hillsborough-style investigation into the Ballymurphy shootings by soldiers in Belfast has been rejected by the Stormont Assembly. Publi(...)

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said a man had been detained during a raid on a suspected brothel in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Axel Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Police in Northern Ireland have made their first arrest under the new law against paying for sex. The North became the first part of the UK to ban pay(...)

Henry Reilly, from Kilkeel, Co Down, is a member of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The former chairman of Ukip in Northern Ireland has been expelled from the party. Photograph: Ukip

A former chairman of Ukip in Northern Ireland has been expelled from the party, a spokesman said. Henry Reilly, from Kilkeel in Co Down, is a member o(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: the Democratic Unionist Party MP  is facilitating  the Families for Justice delegation in London. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A group campaigning for the truth about unsolved killings and other crimes is going to Westminster to raise concerns about the Garda and Department of(...)

Former Royal Irish Regiment soldier Andy Allen: A “huge honour” to join the party’s Assembly team. Photograph: PA

An Afghanistan veteran who lost both legs and was partially blinded in a Taliban bomb has become the latest member of the Stormont Assembly. Andy All(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with party colleagues at Stormont yesterday. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton

British prime minister David Cameron has expressed grave concern over the crisis engulfing Stormont, but ruled out suspending the Assembly in a conver(...)