Veteran Belfast UUP councillor Jim Rodgers has declined to comment on the allegations. Photograph: Getty News

The Local Government Commissioner for Standards in Northern Ireland has decided to hold a hearing into a complaint against veteran Belfast UUP council(...)

A petition has opened  in Ballymoney, Ballycastle and Ballymena calling for a byelection in North Antrim after DUP MP Ian Paisley was suspended from the Commons for 30 days following his failure to register two family holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Fairhill shopping centre in Ballymena is known to a generation of TV viewers in Northern Ireland as “a big shoppin’ centre in Ballymena, hi!” For (...)

‘He was the Irish conflict’s equivalent to Martin Luther King,’ says Bill Clinton

There is only one moment in Maurice Fitzpatrick’s involving documentary on John Hume’s tireless efforts for peace in Northern Ireland when the Social (...)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald:  these past few days she has been less than sure-footed on a key and highly sensitive issue. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

When “you’re explaining you’re losing” is a Ronald Reagan phrase Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald will be familiar with, and in recent days she h(...)

Former first minister Peter Robinson addressing the MacGill Summer School. Photopgraph: North West Nespix

Peter Robinson’s comments about a united Ireland at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on Friday annoyed and upset different strands of unionism, a(...)

Police oversee anti-fascist protest against Britain First in Newtownards, Co Down. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Controversial independent unionist councillor Jolene Bunting has been “proscribed” from the far-right Britain First group following a public row. Bri(...)

Former Northern Ireland first minister and DUP leader  Peter Robinson. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Former Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson’s has been accused of becoming a “Sinn Féin echo chamber” after suggesting that preparations sho(...)

 Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley jnr: With 28,521 votes, he polled highest in last year’s Westminster election and his nearest challenger, Sinn Féin’s Cara McShane, was on 7,878 votes. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

Watching Ian Paisley in the House of Commons apologising for taking free holidays worth up £100,000 in Sri Lanka, choking back tears as he did, Quenti(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: An SDLP-Fianna Fáil merger has become like fusion power – a tiresomely familiar promise to solve all the world’s ills that never seems to get any closer. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil and the SDLP have left it too late for their merger. It is not as if they were short of time. Leading SDLP figures were discussing the id(...)

DUP MP Ian Paisley: he has made it clear that if the petition succeeds he will stand again. Photograph:  PA Wire

Ian Paisley could make some unwanted history for himself and his party by becoming the first MP to be unseated under relatively new British legislatio(...)

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