Handout photo issued by the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission of Historian Dr Eamon Phoenix with Speaker of the Assembly and Chairperson of the Assembly Commission, Alex Maskey MLA, at the launch of the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission new permanent display of items and images in Parliament Buildings. Photo: Michael Cooper/ PA Media

Last month, political historian Dr Éamon Phoenix watched as portraits of Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera were unveiled at Stormont in an exhibitio(...)

 SDLP leader Colum Eastwood: ‘I am very comfortable and confident that we’re going to do well.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

In the North, it is election season. With less than 80 days to go until the May 5th polling day, the SDLP bids to absorb the magic of Seamus Heaney wh(...)

Failure to quickly repay grants paid in error led to the resignation of Sinn Féin Senator Elisha McCallion. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

An emergency support scheme for small businesses affected by Covid-19 in Northern Ireland may have paid out £13.5m to recipients who were ineligible, (...)

 Dixie Elliott, at the H-Block monument in Derry’s  Bogside. “They [Sinn Féin] have no more in common with the ideals of Bobby Sands than the modern Labour Party has with the ideals of James Connolly.”  Photograph:  Margaret McLaughlin

Now 63, former IRA prisoner, Thomas “Dixie” Elliott, who shared cells in the late 1970s and early ’80s with H-Block hunger strikers Bobby Sands and Th(...)

The vacancies in the Upper House arose due to the resignations of Fine Gael’s Michael D’Arcy and Elisha McCallion, a former Sinn Féin MLA and MP. Photograph: Tom Honan

Harry McGee Political Corresondent Government candidates have comfortably won the two Seanad byelections prompting predictions from Taoiseach Micheál(...)

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu:   running in the Seanad byelections as an Independent  despite the Green Party voting not to nominate a candidate. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has declined to say if Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu can remain as chairwoman of the party following her decision to run i(...)

The Government’s parliamentary parties are expected to agree a single Coalition nomination for each Seanad byelection. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The Independent Group of Senators has moved the writ for the Seanad byelection to fill a vacancy following the resignation of former Fine Gael senator(...)

Failure to quickly repay Covid-19 grants paid in error led to the resignation of Sinn Féin senator Elisha McCallion. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

All money paid out to ineligible firms through an emergency Covid-19 business grant scheme in Northern Ireland will be recovered, the Minister in char(...)

Catherine Kelly apologised ‘unreservedly’ over the issue.

A Sinn Féin Assembly member at the weekend became the fourth person to lose their job over the payment of three £10,000 (€11,000) Covid-19 business ha(...)

Ms Kelly’s resignation comes following the departure of three party activists.

Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Kelly has become the fourth member of the party to resign over a delay in the repayment of mistakenly issued Covid-19 relief c(...)

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