Sparkling walls: inside the Dalradian gold mine in Tyrone. Photograph: Paul Lindsay

In Greencastle, Co Tyrone, even wakes are split over the gold mine. “Wakes would be a big thing around here,” says Kathleen Beggs, “and you’d nearly (...)

The Alliance Party’s Nuala McAllister celebrates as she is elected for the Castle area during the local  election count at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA

The story of the local elections in Northern Ireland was the strong performance of the Alliance party to increase its representation by more than 20 s(...)

The DUP’s first openly gay candidate, Alison Bennington, has been elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. Photograph: Dave Pettard/PA Wire

The DUP’s first openly gay candidate has won a seat in Northern Ireland’s local elections, as the Alliance Party and Greens made gains. Alison Bennin(...)

There will be overnight verification of unused ballot papers returned from the polling stations, with councils ready to begin counting on Friday at 8am. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Polls have closed following a day of voting in the local government elections. A total of 819 local government election candidates are standing acros(...)

Eamon O’Cuiv TD and Senator Mark Daly with Sorcha McAnespy, who said she would  run as a Fianna Fail candidate in next year’s local council elections. Photograph: Fianna Fáil/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has removed Galway West TD Eamon Ó Cuív from a senior frontbench post after he was involved in an attempt to launch (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has moved to discipline a party figure who participated in what appeared to be the launch of a candidate in Northern(...)

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin says he has written to SDLP leader Colum Eastwood asking him to outline his intentions regarding a potential merger with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Labour Party and the British Labour party will have to organise together to contest elections in Northern Ireland if the SDLP merges with Fianna F(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív insists he did nothing wrong by attending the launch of what appeared to be the announcement of a candidate running under (...)

Eamon O’Cuiv TD and Senator Mark Daly with Sorcha McAnespy, who will run as a Fianna Fail candidate in next year’s local council elections. Photograph: Fianna Fail/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil has announced its first ever candidate to stand in an election in Northern Ireland. Sorcha McAnespy will stand in next May’s local elect(...)

A sniffer dog checks a heavy goods vehicle. Chairman of Monaghan County Council PJ O’Hanlon has said: “If we go back to the hard border situation there is absolutely no doubt that this will be the problem - the racketeers and the criminals that lived and flourished on the Border. That is the last thing that we want to see.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

Criminals will ensure cross-Border smuggling will return if a hard border is put in place after Brexit, the Seanad has heard. Chairman of Monaghan Co(...)

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