‘Whereas Ministers in Belfast, Dublin or London can be held to account by the public in an election, there is no such pressure on members of the European Commission.’ Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Today the UK will make a historic decision about its future. My decision to vote in favour of leaving the EU was arrived at after full and careful con(...)

Lagan Valley’s turnout of 53.2 per cent was statistically higher than that recorded for Assembly elections five years ago, and it was one of the few constituencies to achieve this feat across Northern Ireland.

Former first minister David Trimble watched on as the UUP claimed multiple seats in the Lagan Valley constituency for the first time since 2003 on Fri(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Lagan Valley – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

If the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) are to replicate its impressive performance in Lagan Valley at the 2011 Assembly election, it means winning fo(...)

The Royal Navy’s 16,000 ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard. File photograph: PA Wire

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has said he has no intention of withdrawing an offer to base the British nuclear deterrent Trident in Northern Ireland. The (...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) with Nigel Dodds (left) and Arlene Foste, at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Nigel Dodds The 57-year-old MP for North Belfast is viewed as the most likely successor to Peter Robinson as DUP leader. Born in Derry and educated i(...)

In the long series of difficult, often tortuous political/constitutional negotiations through the last half century of the North’s troubles, one stand(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: the Democratic Unionist Party MP  is facilitating  the Families for Justice delegation in London. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A group campaigning for the truth about unsolved killings and other crimes is going to Westminster to raise concerns about the Garda and Department of(...)

Pearse Doherty: “We will stop water charges and abolish the family home tax.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has claimed that Taoiseach Enda Kenny is trying to distract politicians and media by toying with the idea of a November election. The party (...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Roundtable talks involving the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main parties are scheduled to begin today notwithstanding that DUP l(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson MP said the word of the Sinn Féin leadership could not be relied on.

A Democratic Unionist Party MP has said an independent mechanism to assess whether the IRA still existed could help to solve the current crisis. Jeff(...)

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