The Alliance Party’s Nuala McAllister celebrates as she is elected for the Castle area during the local  election count at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA

The story of the local elections in Northern Ireland was the strong performance of the Alliance party to increase its representation by more than 20 s(...)

Counting  under way in Belfast after voters went to the polls in local elections. Photograph:   Rebecca Black/PA

While there are some changes to the political pattern, the dominant picture remains the same as counting continues in the local elections in Northern (...)

The DUP’s first openly gay candidate, Alison Bennington, celebrates after winning a seat at Newtownabbey Borough Council. Photograph: Dave Pettard/PA Wire

The centre-ground Alliance Party is making significant headway in the local elections in Northern Ireland while the DUP saw its first openly gay candi(...)

The DUP, led by Arlene Foster, have long stood by their beliefs by blocking same-sex marriage and abortion legislation in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Jeffrey Dudgeon, now an Ulster Unionist Party councillor in Belfast, brought the 1981 case to the European Court of Human Rights that forced the Briti(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood  at a rally for journalist  Lyra McKee:  Thursday’s elections will test hopes of a new beginning in Northern politics. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

The standing ovation for Fr Martin Magill’s comments during the funeral service for Lyra McKee in Belfast seemed to be a public cry from the heart for(...)

 The ATM theft at Nutts Corner near Crumlin, Co Antrim,  on Tuesday. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

The PSNI has thanked “vigilant members of the public” for their help following the latest ATM theft in the North. On Tuesday night detectives were qu(...)

Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster shake hands at a rally for journalist Lyra McKee in Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Can Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill ever be the Chuckle Sisters, repeating the Chuckle Brothers act of Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, their pre(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood speaks at a rally for journalist and author Lyra McKee on Friday, near the scene of her shooting in Derry.   Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has called on the British and Irish governments to immediately convene talks to restore the devolved administration at Sto(...)

Emma DeSouza (left) with her husband Jake (right) at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Two hundred people gathered outside Belfast City Hall on Saturday for a We Are Irish Too rally organised by immigration and citizens’ rights campaigne(...)

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne - Pool/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and members of her US congressional delegation that he knows they will be there to protect (...)

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