Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness: at the weekend he tweeted, “Pleased today’s Orange O parades passed peacefully. Parades Commission determination & those who mainly abided by it delivered.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

About an hour after the north Belfast Orangemen dispersed and went home in the rain on Saturday night, local SDLP Assembly member Alban Maginness issu(...)

Curtis Walker throws his band baton beside a loyalist pyre on Lanark Way in Belfast as final preparations are made for the 11th night bonfire. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Unlike last year, and unlike a number of years before that again, there is some hope that Northern Ireland might emerge from this Twelfth of July r(...)

Dr
Alasdair McDonnell:
“The situation in Northern Ireland has become volatile and, with threats of a ‘graduated response’ from unionism that will affect government and politics, could get worse.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Sinn Féin and the SDLP have briefed Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste Joan Burton on the political and community tensions triggered by next Satur(...)

 PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton: “Violence and disorder in relation to the Twelfth is not inevitable.” Photograph: David Young/PA

The political atmosphere in Northern Ireland has deteriorated further after a DUP and Ulster Unionist Party decision to boycott today’s scheduled mee(...)

A loyalist protester gestures to the police in north Belfast last July on the third night of unrest after an Orange Parade was blocked from marching past the Nationalist Ardoyne area. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The Parades Commission has banned Orangemen from making their return parade past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast on the evening(...)

Sinn Féin North Belfast Assembly member Gerry Kelly said the Tour of the North parade could set the tone for the rest of the marching season. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

There have been appeals for calm as the North’s marching season begins to reach its most difficult stage.The annual loyalist Tour of the North parade (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speaks during the annual  Wolfe Tone Commemoration at Bodenstown, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has described the 1916 Proclamation as unfinished business and said his party will continue to seek “a New Republic with (...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson at Farmleigh following a North South Ministerial Council meeting yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams went to the US yesterday to brief President Barack Obama’s administration on the political process and Northern Irela(...)

Sinn Féin’s part leader Gerry Adams celebrates with party members Michelle Gildernew, Martin McGuinness, deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and Martina Anderson (r) after topping the poll at the Kings Hall count centre, Belfast. Photograph: EPA/Paul McErlane

Northern Ireland’s three outgoing MEPs were returned to Brussels after a two-day count that left the North’s chief electoral officer proposing that fu(...)

Sinn Féin’s part leader Gerry Adams celebrates with party members Michelle Gildernew, Martin McGuinness, deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and Martina Anderson (r) after topping the poll at the Kings Hall count centre, Belfast. Photograph: EPA/Paul McErlane

Counting in the European election will resume in Northern Ireland later today with officials facing heavy criticism over the length of time the proces(...)