A loyalist mural on the Newtownards Road in Belfast, as leaders of the UDA confirmed it had decommissioned all weapons under its control

Twenty-five years on, Gary McMichael, who led the Ulster Democratic Party when loyalist paramilitaries declared a ceasefire, believes that a generatio(...)

Irish-language protesters dressed in crocodile costumes. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Fifty years ago Northern Ireland was facing into an uncertain future with no notion of the horror ahead. Today there is no doubt the North is facing i(...)

 Gino Kenny TD; Richard Boyd Barrett TD; Cllr Fiona Ferguson, Old Park, Belfast; Brid Smith TD; and Gerry Carroll MLA, West Belfast, at the People Before Profit agm in Dublin.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

If the Green Party “wastes the huge surge in support” it received in May’s local elections by “propping up Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil” after a general e(...)

An 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

John Herron cannot remember seeing flags outside his shop on the Lisburn Road before to mark the Twelfth celebrations, the annual Ulster Protestant co(...)

Graffiti near the Avoniel bonfire site. Photograph: PA Wire

A leak that led to the names of contractors appearing in sinister graffiti warning against demolishing a contentious loyalist bonfire was “highly unli(...)

Thousands of members of the Orange Order are taking part in Twelfth of July parades across Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has called on Orangemen to play their part in re-energising Unionism. Speaking to members of th(...)

Members of the fire service work to contain an 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Firefighters saw a “significant decrease” in the number of emergency calls due to loyalist bonfires in Northern Ireland at the start of the Twelfth of(...)

PSNI officers standing outside the entrance to Avoniel Leisure Centre, where an 11th night bonfire has been erected. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A stand-off over a contentious loyalist bonfire in Belfast ended on Thursday after councillors backed down over plans to demolish it. Belfast City Co(...)

John Kyle, Progressive Unionist Party councillor at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Brexit has put the future of the United Kingdom in jeopardy and left unionists fearing a Border poll would be a “slippery slope” to a united Ireland, (...)

 Orange Order grand secretary Mervyn Gibson, at the Museum of Orange Heritage,  Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney

A stack of leaflets in the reception of the Museum of Orange Heritage in south Belfast shows a cartoon of golf club wielding Orangemen marching on to (...)

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