Spending on the  2017 Assembly election campaign by nine of Northern Ireland’s political parties totalled £150,080

Sinn Féin spent more money than any other political party during the Northern Ireland Assembly election campaign which ran from mid-January to polling(...)

An effigy of former Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness was attached to a bonfire  in east Belfast ahead of the key date in the protestant loyal order marching season - the Twelfth of July. Photograph: PA Wire

A black coffin with an image of the late Sinn Féin deputy first minister Martin McGuinness has been attached to a bonfire near the Castlereagh Road in(...)

Masked men continue to build a bonfire at Inverary Playing Fields in Belfast. Police in Northern Ireland have warned their resources could be stretched amid growing fears of tension around the burning of Eleventh night bonfires. Photograph: PA Wire

Masked loyalists appear to have broken a court order banning them from extending an Eleventh night bonfire in Belfast. The loyalists, wearing balacla(...)

DUP candidate  Gavin Robinson: pressure is on to prove he can retain Belfast East. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The race for Belfast East is one of the mostly closely watched electoral battles ahead of Thursday’s Westminster election. Eight names are on the bal(...)

North Belfast: Sinn Féin candidate John Finucane and DUP contender Nigel Dodds have been deeply affected by the North’s Troubles. Photographs PA

There is a dark symmetry between the two main candidates in the Westminster general election contest for North Belfast. In 1989 the UDA went into the(...)

Lilies left in remembrance to Martin McGuinness at the gates of the Sinn Féin offices at Connolly House, Andersonstown, Belfast. Photograph: PA

History will judge Martin McGuinness kindly according to people living in the republican heartland of west Belfast. There was a sense of shock and sa(...)

Billy Hutchinson in December 2012:   “With nationalism, it’s a bit like St Augustine: wrap the green flag around me, but not just yet. It won’t happen in my lifetime.” Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit, demographic shifts and the dramatic outcome of the Northern Assembly elections are all fuelling talk of a united Ireland, a Border p(...)

Green Party MLA Clare Bailey celebrates with supporters at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Belfast North The DUP’s Paula Bradley was elected following the elimination of running-mate Nelson McCausland. “He is a massive loss,” she said after(...)

Tiger’s Bay resident Alec McGurgan is planning to vote Ulster Unionist in the wake of the renewable heat incentive  debacle. Photograph: Peter Geoghegan

Alec McGurgan has seen plenty of changes during six decades living in Tiger’s Bay. The narrow warren of terraced north Belfast streets he played on a(...)

The statue of Edward Carson at  Stormont. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Northern Ireland Assembly. The Assembly was included in the terms of the Belfast Agreement, with the first election held on June 25th, 1998. It i(...)

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