Loyalists in fancy dress march from City Hall in Belfast to mark the first anniversary of the council’s decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag. Photograph: Reuters

In Dervock and Ballybogey, Bushmills and Ballymoney, and all across north Antrim the Union flag still flies. Four hundred years after a Scottish king (...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: this week told the Assembly he believes the UVF, along with elements in the Orange Order are behind the rally – an accusation denied by the order. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Up to 10,000 loyalist protesters and 40 bands will parade today through the centre of Belfast to mark the first anniversary of the removal of the unio(...)

Crowds gather on the Shankill Road for the service in the West Kirk Presbyterian Church. Photograph: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker Press International

Several hundred people have attended a moving ceremony in memory of nine people who died in the IRA Shankill bombing 20 years ago yesterday.The West K(...)

Loyalists confront police in Belfast after the City Council decided to fly the union flag on designated days only. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Progressive Unionist Party has been told it has “got it wrong” over protests against the flying of the Union flag.The small UVF-linked loyalist pa(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said unionist political leaders were failing to take a stand against those who have been organising sectarian violence in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has again gone on the offensive against unionist politicians, loyalists and members of the Orange Order. Mr Adams (...)

Bring it on: Loyalists confront the police on the Woodvale Road in Belfast last month. Photograph: Press Eye

It’s hard to love a loyalist. When the television screens are full of red, bawling faces, aggressively brandished flags and police officers under a(...)

Billy Hutchinson of the Progressive Unionist Party welcomes the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to Belfast in 2011. Mr Hutchinson has become involved with an initiative exploring loyalist culture and identity. Photograph: PA

There is no doubt that the continuing and escalating violence in the North has left many people shrugging their shoulders in indifference, recalling p(...)

The Rev Mervyn Gibson with Orange marshalls on the Woodvale Road in Belfast on Saturday afternoon. Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

The Orange Order parade and protest in north Belfast at the weekend is part of a “long campaign” to see three Orange lodges return home past the natio(...)

PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott has said  a “thorough investigation” into whether eight unexplained deaths in Northern Ireland in recent weeks were due to people taking contaminated drugs is being carried out. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Police are carrying out a “thorough investigation” to try to establish if eight “unexplained” deaths in Northern Ireland in recent weeks were as a res(...)

The Progressive Unionist Party put forward its vision for reconciliation amid ongoing political stalemate between the main parties at Stormont over a strategy to bring communities together. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

Nationalists need to acknowledge that Northern Ireland will remain an integral part of the UK for the foreseeable future if a process of recon(...)

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