Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister: deeply critical of unionist rivals throughout conference speech. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister has told his annual party conference he wants voluntary coalition in the North and to “be t(...)

  Same sex marriage campaigners (from left) Patrick Corrigan from Amnesty International, same sex couple Jayne Robinson and Laura McKee, and John O’Doherty from LGBT organisation the Rainbow Project,   celebrate on Monday outside Parliament Buildings in Belfast after a majority of Stormont Assembly members voted to legalise same sex marriage in Northern Ireland.  Photo: David Young/PA Wire

Mike Nesbitt got out of bed on the wrong side of history on Monday. The Ulster Unionist leader had conceded in his speech at his party’s annual confe(...)

The funeral of 39-year-old Declan McGlinchey, son of the late Irish National Liberation Army leader Dominic McGlinchey, who died suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday has taken place in Bellaghy, Co Derry. Photograph: Pacemaker.

The funeral of 39-year-old Declan McGlinchey who died suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday has taken place in Bellaghy, Co Derry. Mr McGlinchey is t(...)

A paramilitary mural is seen on a wall in East Belfast in Northern Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Another week, another crisis in the peace process which passeth all understanding. Tuesday’s report into the state of the Northern Ireland ceasefires (...)

“It must be difficult for the DUP leader to hold the line.”.  Photo : Niall Carson/PA Wire

One of the first out of the blocks after the report on the IRA and the other paramilitaries was published was Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Al(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has appointed a panel to help assess the status of the IRA and other paramilitaries as talks continue at Storm(...)

Comments by Bobby Storey that the IRA had gone away were ridiculed by the Traditional Unionist Voice party. Photograph: Reuters

Unionist politicians have rounded on Sinn Féin after leading republican Bobby Storey compared the IRA to a “butterfly” that has flown away. Monday’s r(...)

Bobby Storey is the chairman of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland.

PSNI detectives this morning arrested three men in connection with the murder last month of Belfast republican Kevin McGuigan, one of whom is Bobby St(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (centre) at Stormont where he said there will be no further routine meetings of the power-sharing Executive until the political crisis is resolved. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Talks aimed at securing the future of Stormont begin on Tuesday against a background of recrimination after the DUP said it would boycott meetings (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: has had a rough year, personally and politically. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

In Dublin and in London there is relief that Peter Robinson can still summon the energy on his return from holidays to make one last stab at trying to(...)