For decades if not centuries before 2011, Northern Ireland’s marching bands – its “largest community arts sector”, to use Givan’s heroic description – managed without any public money.  Photograph: Eric Luke

DUP Communities Minister Paul Givan has cut £50,000 from Irish language summer placements in Donegal. About 100 young people will be affected. The bu(...)

Victims’ rights campaigner Raymond McCord, who is challenging the constitutional authority of the British government to take Northern Ireland out of the European Union . File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Executing Brexit would be an “act of profound legal and constitutional as well as political significance” for Northern Ireland, Belfast High Court was(...)

Campaigners from a group called Border Communities Against Brexit outside Belfast’s High Court where a legal challenge to Brexit is taking place. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

The British prime minister Theresa May acted legally and democratically in announcing that she will take the United Kingdom out of the European Union,(...)

Victims’ rights campaigner Raymond McCord, who is challenging the constitutional authority of the British government to take Northern Ireland out of the European Union . File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Brexit could have a “catastrophic effect on the peace process”, the High Court in Belfast was told on Tuesday. . A lawyer for victims’ rights campai(...)

The son of former loyalist paramilitary Johnny ‘Mad Dog’ Adair (above) has been found dead in Scotland. Photoghraph: Cathal McNaughton/Getty Images

The son of former loyalist paramilitary Johnny ‘Mad Dog’ Adair has been found dead in Scotland. Police in South Ayrshire were called to a property i(...)

Senior NI politicians have said they would seek a judicial review if the PM “fails to commit to comply with the UK’s constitutional and legal obligations in deciding whether and when to trigger article 50”. Photograph: The Irish Times

British prime minister Theresa May has been put on notice that she faces a legal challenge from prominent Northern Ireland politicians and interest gr(...)

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(...)

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