Deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill (left) and first minister Arlene Foster are pictured at Stormont. Their parties, Sinn Féin and the DUP, are seeking to reject a £1,000 pay rise given to Assembly members. File photograph: EPA.

The leaders of the North’s five main parties have asked that a controversial pay rise which was awarded to MLAs be deferred. In a joint statement is(...)

The DUP’s Gregory Campbell celebrates his re-election in East Derry with his wife. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Going into this UK general election, East Derry was one of the DUP’s safest seats, and so it has remained. The outspoken MP Gregory Campbell, who has (...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood is elected MP for Foyle at the count in Magherafelt. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

In Foyle, the expectation was that it would be a close-run thing; in the end, Colum Eastwood ran away with it. The SDLP leader defeated the outgoing (...)

Emma Gallen, Danielle Roberts and Elaine Crory, all volunteers with Alliance for Choice. Photograph: Freya McClements

Two years ago, a Belfast woman told Danielle Roberts what she had told no one else – that she had had an abortion. “She closed the kitchen door in he(...)

East Antrim lost its only nationalist seat in the North’s Assembly election. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

East Antrim lost its only nationalist seat in the North’s Assembly election, with the UUP ousting Sinn Féin stalwart Oliver McMullan. The veteran rep(...)

North’s Minister for Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: when he first became Minister back in May he spoke of the “great responsibility” of the job and said it was “not a role I will take lightly”. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The North’s Minister for Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will be keen to ensure there are no slip-ups this week during a scheduled visit to the Lurgan pla(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary of Sate, Theresa Villiers, announcing the new Corporation Tax Bill in January. Business leaders warn that the political crisis over welfare reform should not be allowed to threaten the bill.

Northern Ireland cannot afford to let the latest political crisis over welfare reform jeporadise its future economic prospects, a lead campaigner for (...)