Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill and Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swann debating on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The row over loyalist paramilitary support for unionist candidates prompted a number of clashes when senior politicians from the five main parties eng(...)

Alliance leader Naomi Long and DUP Deputy leader Nigel Dodds at UTV Studios on Monday for the Westminster Election Debate. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A group which has the support of three loyalist paramilitary organisations has urged unionists not to vote for Alliance candidates in Thursday’s Westm(...)

Arlene Foster told the BBC in February she did not even know how much the mystery donor had given the party.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

If Northern Ireland were a normal democracy, the election campaign would be dominated by a single question: how did the Democratic Unionist Party end (...)

Tom Elliott: in 2015 when the DUP also stood aside, Mr Elliott took the seat from Michelle Gildernew by just over 500 votes. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The DUP has decided not to run a candidate in the Westminster election in Fermanagh-South Tyrone, where the outgoing Ulster Unionist Party MP Tom Ell(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood (second right) said he was “open to any discussion on how we can protect the Remain vote in Northern Ireland”. Photograph: Deborah McAleese/PA Wire

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan will on Thursday assess the realistic chances of a political de(...)

A group of business and civic society leaders at Stormont in Belfast demanding a restoration of devolution, April 11th, 2017. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Talks to save powersharing in Northern Ireland are set to extend beyond Easter if, as expected, a deal fails to materialise on Wednesday. A full day (...)

Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire:  “Should the talks not succeed in their objectives, the government will have to consider all options.” Photograph: PA

The British government could impose direct rule on Northern Ireland if the parties fail to reach a deal by Easter, northern secretary James Brokenshir(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: “I am a believer in what is possible. You don’t accept preconditions, you sit down and hammer it out”

A senior DUP politician has said a government will not be formed in Northern Ireland if Sinn Féin fails to move from its position on Arlene Foster’s (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the count centre in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on Friday. The DUP’s seat tally dropped from 38 to 28 in the Assembly election, while Sinn Féin won 27. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Senior DUP politicians are standing by their leader Arlene Foster despite Sinn Féin narrowing the gap between the two parties to just one seat in the (...)

Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: ‘The onus is on the parties themselves. That is the essence of devolution.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin and the DUP have been told they will have to do the “heavy lifting” if the Stormont institutions are to be re-established following a second(...)