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Alliance party leader Naomi Long talks to the media in Stormont on Saturday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Northern Ireland finally had a fully functioning local administration after the new Northern Executive was selected on Saturday afternoon. The Minist(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster leads her party MLAs back into the debating chamber in Stormont on Saturday. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Three years after its collapse the Northern Assembly was formally back in business at lunchtime on Saturday following Thursday night’s publication of (...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, deputy leader Michelle O’Neill  and party colleagues in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings, Stormont, on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Northern parties, on the back of the British and Irish governments’ New Decade, New Approach proposals, are due at Stormont at lunchtime on Saturd(...)

Campaigners take part in a march in Belfast city centre demanding same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The recent dismissal of a Dublin-based Presbyterian Church elder is the latest example of a particularly hard line taken by the church against same-se(...)

Alliance candidate Naomi Long during the party’s manifesto launch for the European Election 2019 at CIYMS in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland’s Alliance Party has seen false dawns before, moments when it believed that long-rigid tectonic plates could finally be beginning to (...)

Former police ombudsman for Northern Ireland Nuala O’Loan: ‘If there is an allegation that a paedophile ring has been operating in Enniskillen then this needs to be investigated.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Claims of widespread historical sex abuse in Co Fermanagh “require current investigation” by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), according (...)

Alliance leader Naomi Long addresses her party’s conference in Belfast.

Alliance leader Naomi Long told her party’s conference in Belfast on Saturday that now is not the time to indulge in the “vanity project” of another A(...)

 Alliance Party leader Naomi Long: the Northern Assembly election on March 2nd offers an opportunity “to end the Green and Orange politics for good”. Photograph: Alliance Party/PA Wire

Alliance leader Naomi Long has indicated she would bring her party back into the next Northern Executive – but only on the basis of commitments that (...)

 David Ford: has pledged to re-submit   Bill on abortion reform if re-elected. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

With the number of Assembly seats in each of Northern Ireland’s 18 constituencies dropping from six to five, the DUP is the likely victim in South Ant(...)

Former Alliance leader David Ford: before the dissolution of Stormont he was planning to introduce a private Bill that would allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality. Photograph: Arthur Allison

There were 16 abortions carried out in Northern Ireland hospitals in 2015/2016, the same number as the previous year, according to the North’s Depart(...)

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