The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast North – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

There is a fascinating inter-unionist contest in the constituency, where a reverend doctor – who, for the moment, has abandoned the sacred world of re(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast South – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

South Belfast is one of the most competitive of all the North’s 18 constituencies in this Northern Ireland Assembly election. There will be intense(...)

The  debate between Northern Ireland’s five main parties – UUP’s Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP’s Arlene Foster, Alliance Party’s David Ford and the SDLP’s Colum Eastwood. (UTV presenter Marc Mallett is facing away from the camera). Photograph: Arthur Allison

The first leaders’ debate in the Northern Assembly Assembly election campaign took place in the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday night, with no high drama b(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast East – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

This Assembly election, barring calamity, will see the return to frontline politics of Alliance’s Naomi Long. It may even pave the way for her, eventu(...)

An  Ulster Covenant centenary parade at Stormont in 2012: “A recurring problem for alternative voices within the Protestant community is that the very act of constructing a positive and generous worldview creates a break with the community, ” writes Robbie McVeigh. Photograph: Eric Luke

“The problem I had with this book was….” These were the words with which the late David Ervine, then leader of the Progressive Unionist Party began h(...)

View of the aftermath of the Shankill Road  bombing in Belfast on October 23rd, 1993. File photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

When Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stood beside Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers in Belfast on November 17th l(...)

Linda Ervine, who was responsible for bringing the Irish language in to loyalist east Belfast: “As long as it’s used as a weapon, the language has no future. But as a bridge it has a bright future.” Photograph: Arthur Allison

The most impressive politician I met in 2015 was Julie-Anne Corr Johnston, a 28-year-old member of Belfast City Council, representing the small left-(...)

Christmas: It’s that visceral call to the senses, the light that guides us back, whatever the cost or the stress.

It’s a conundrum. In boom times, the media are accused of “talking down” the economy. In bad times, they are attacked as relentless purveyors of bad n(...)

A paramilitary mural is seen on a wall in East Belfast in Northern Ireland this week.  Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

A report into the current status of paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, commissioned by the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers , has said all of(...)

The Ulster Defence Association, the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Red Hand Commando on Tuesday released a joint declaration of intent “recommitting” themselves to the peaceful and democratic principles of the 1998 Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Loyalist paramilitary have issued a statement pledging to “eschew all violence and criminality”. The Ulster Defence Association, the Ulster Volunteer (...)

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