Ian Paisley

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Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape following a trial two months ago.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nearly two months on from the end of the trial that saw Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding acquitted of raping a 19-year-old Belfast woman, it no longer (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: “Allowing her Brexiteers off the leash might have seemed like a harmless way to occupy the bored and potentially restless.” Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The DUP is now publicly panicking over Brexit. Last week, as the British government’s plan for a customs partnership with Europe following Brexit fel(...)

Culture secretary Matt Hancock announced that a “named person” would be appointed to examine the press in the North, which was excluded from the Leveson Inquiry.

The British government has announced a review of press standards in Northern Ireland. The move came amid calls, rejected by MPs in the House of Comm(...)

Television presenter Robert Peston has moved to clarify remarks he made on his ITV show on Sunday about Ireland “undermining” Britain.

Television presenter Robert Peston has moved to clarify remarks he made on his ITV show on Sunday about Ireland “undermining” Britain. Mr Peston said(...)

Bertie Ahern: will his achievements be eclipsed by his shortcomings? Photograph: David Sleator

Pat Leahy Ahern’s first government was his best Ten years on is an arbitrary but apposite yardstick at which to assess a political career. Given the (...)

Former US peace envoy to Northern Ireland George Mitchell at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

On the night before the Good Friday Agreement, in one of the many last-minute crises of a heady week, I realised that, when leaving my Belfast hotel f(...)

A tweet posted about Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (above) was ‘deeply offensive’, Labour MP John Grogan said. File photograph: PA

A DUP MLA has been criticised for retweeting an online post that described London Mayor Sadiq Khan as “the enemy within”. DUP East Derry MLA Maurice(...)

 Ian Paisley Jnr apologised for his retweet. File photograph:  Paul Faith/PA

Islamic representatives in Northern Ireland have welcomed Ian Paisley’s apology for retweeting a controversial remark on Ramadan by right-wing comment(...)

 DUP leader Arlene Foster walks past a portrait of her predecessor Ian Paisley at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Shortly after Arlene Foster became the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in 2016, her fellow DUP MLA Edwin Poots caused a media stir by insi(...)

 Leader of Northern Ireland’s Progressive Unionist Party, Billy Hutchinson. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Billy Hutchinson, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), says politics isn’t about changing the world but about making a difference. This is (...)

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