Michelle Gildernew: after the courts examined the 2010 result her margin of victory over agreed unionist candidate Rodney Connor was reduced to a single vote. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Out on Irish Street in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew meets her nephew Jordan. “Ah no, I didn’t manage to get registered to vote; I left it (...)

The death has occurred of Desmond Boal, QC, who with his former friend, Ian Paisley established the Democratic Unionist Party in 1971

The death has occurred of Desmond Boal, QC, who with his former friend, Ian Paisley – from whom he later became estranged – established the Democratic(...)

Sammy Wilson: Genial if also mischievous incumbent is favourite to secure the seat with a healthy majority. Photograph: The Irish Times

Among the eight candidates the people of East Antrim can vote for in the Westminster general election are Sammy Wilson, Ruth Wilson and Alex Wilson. S(...)

Sinn Féin parliamentary candidate for Mid Ulster Francie Molloy: “Lough Neagh is one of the gems we have in Mid Ulster.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Mid Ulster constituency lying between the Sperrin Mountains in the west and Lough Neagh in the east was held by the DUP’s William McCrea for 14 ye(...)

Jim Shannon of the DUP on the election trail: he has a particular interest in “protecting Christians” who face “persecution across the world”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

When Jim Shannon looks out at Strangford Lough the day after the general election there is a strong chance he will have been comfortably returned to (...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: Out every day canvassing the streets of Lisburn and towns and villages of his constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jeffrey Donaldson reckons the time may be approaching when bitter divisions that separated Ulster Unionists from Democratic Unionists could be officia(...)

Lady Sylvia Hermon: her  vote in the House of Commons, if she is re-elected, could yield a high price on the electoral market place. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Last Wednesday Lady Sylvia Hermon got the galvanising kick-start she needed for the next few weeks of hard canvassing in pleasant seaside towns such a(...)

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew: Said absence of DUP and Ukip women candidates in forthcoming elections was ‘an absolute disgrace’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With women making up only a quarter of the 138 candidates in Northern Ireland contesting the forthcoming general election, a leading Belfast-based aca(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson has agreed a pact agreed  Mike Nesbitt, which will see the UUP  stand aside in East Belfast and North Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

  With nominations now closed for the Westminster general election, 138 candidates have declared to run in Northern Ireland’s 18 constitue(...)

Daniel McArthur (second right) of Asher’s Bakery and his wife Amy McArthur (right) along with family members leave court. Photograph: Getty

A gay rights activist said he was made to feel a “lesser person” after Ashers Baking Company in Belfast refused to sell him a cake bearing an image o(...)