William ‘Plum’ Smith died in hospital after a short illnes. Photograph: Robin Kirk/Flickr

A former leading loyalist paramilitary who played a key role in the peace process has died. William “Plum” Smith died in hospital after a short illne(...)

Joanne Bunting of the DUP celebrates after being elected as MLA for Belfast East at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Wounded Afghanistan veteran Andy Allen won the Ulster Unionists’ only seat in Belfast with victory in the east of the city. Mr Allen, who was badly i(...)

Paul Maskey of Sinn Féin (left), who has been elected in Belfast West,  congratulates fellow party member Gerry Kelly (right) on being elected as MLA for Belfast North, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Belfast North count is complete in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections. It is a similar result as in 2011 - two seats to Sinn Féin, three to (...)

A count supervisor sorts voting papers at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, after elections to decide the make-up of the next Stormont Assembly. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

With counting underway across Northern Ireland, perhaps now is a good time to take stock of what exactly is happening. The basics: There are 108 sea(...)

EAST ANTRIM CANDIDATES: Roy Beggs (UUP); Stewart Dickson (Alliance); Danny Donnelly (Alliance); David Hilditch (DUP); Noel Jordan (Ukip); Gordon Lyons (DUP); Jim McCaw (PUP); Margaret Anne McKillop (SDLP); Oliver McMullan (Sinn Féin); Maureen Morrow (UUP); Dawn Patterson (Greens); Alastair Ross (DUP); Conor Sheridan (Labour Alternative); John Stewart (UUP); Ruth Wilson (TUV).

Sinn Féin’s Oliver McMullan has described his victory in East Antrim as “a ringing endorsement” of his party’s policies. The man from the Glens of An(...)

Artist Brian John Spencer draws a caricature of DUP leader Arlene Foster, as he is watched by Guy Spence, DUP Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast and Christopher Stalford, DUP councillor for Balmoral, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The Democratic Unionists and Sinn Féin are on course to retain their grip on power at Stormont as the Assembly election count passed its half way poin(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster arrives with Paul Robinson to cast their votes at Brookeborough Primary School in Enniskillen. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of people in Northern Ireland voted yesterday to elect the next 108-member Northern Ireland Assembly. While more than 1.2 mill(...)

Tommy Hefferon  at the Twaddell Avenue protest camp in north Belfast. Loyalists believe they are victims of a two-tier policing system. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

A Parades Commission decision to restrict an Orange march in north Belfast has had lasting consequences. There have been more than 1,000 days of prot(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster (centre) stands with with party colleagues during her party’s election billboard launch outside Titanic Belfast. Photograph: PA

Social and economic concerns have vied for prominence with traditional orange and green issues in a Stormont Assembly election campaign that has been (...)

 Carrie Twomey and her husband Anthony McIntyre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The British government has lodged a subpoena with Boston College seeking access to taped interviews given by former IRA prisoner Dr Anthony McIntyre, (...)

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