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(...)

Former justice minister Claire Sugden (centre)  is running as an Independent in East Derry. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Northern Ireland is dominated by tribal politics, but smaller parties and independents continue to stand for election in the hope of a breakthrough in(...)

Michelle O’Neill replaced Martin McGuinness as Sinn Féin’s leader in the North last month; Arlene Foster has been running the DUP since 2015 and last year Naomi Long took over as Alliance Party leader. Photographs: Agencies

Despite the leaders of Northern Ireland’s two largest parties being women, female candidates make up less than a third of the candidates vying for ele(...)

Gerry Kelly MLA: topped the poll for Sinn Féin in North Belfast  last year. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

North Belfast experienced some of the worst sectarian violence of the Troubles. A patchwork quilt of nationalist and loyalist interfaces, it is compr(...)

Last May, when this was a six-seater constituency rather than the five-seater it is now, the DUP won three seats, Alliance two and the Ulster Unionist Party one

Belfast East is another constituency where the “cash for ash” crisis could have a vital bearing on the Northern Ireland Assembly election result. Ju(...)

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