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The Alliance Party’s Nuala McAllister celebrates as she is elected for the Castle area during the local  election count at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA

The story of the local elections in Northern Ireland was the strong performance of the Alliance party to increase its representation by more than 20 s(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood  at a rally for journalist  Lyra McKee:  Thursday’s elections will test hopes of a new beginning in Northern politics. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

The standing ovation for Fr Martin Magill’s comments during the funeral service for Lyra McKee in Belfast seemed to be a public cry from the heart for(...)

 DUP Leader Arlene Foster has declined an invitation to meet the pope at Dublin Castle. She will not be sending a representative and has not explained why. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has declined an invitation to meet the pope at Dublin Castle, issued by the Irish Government, because she will be on a family(...)

The party said it operates “under a constitution and a code of conduct”.

The Democratic Unionist Party is prepared to impose fines of up to £1,000 (€1,100) on its politicians if they speak to the media without permission fr(...)

DUP assembly member Jim Wells said Britain’s abortion laws were responsible for more deaths than the ‘concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald’. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

A long-time anti-abortion campaigner has hit out at the portrayal of Northern Ireland as an archaic “antediluvian society” amid growing pressure at We(...)

Amnesty International campaign manager in the North Grainne Teggart said the British government can “no longer turn a blind eye and deny us equality”. File photograph: PA

Amnesty International has called on the British government to act over Northern Ireland’s “Victorian-era abortion ban” following the referendum in the(...)

Starter binocular options at about €120 can greatly enhance your observations. Photograph: ZenShui/Odilon Dimier/Getty Images

Very few people are entirely indifferent to birds, and most of us find them an occasional source of some brief wonder and delight. Even the most comm(...)

Jim Wells’s deleted tweet: “Many complaints about Sinn Féin canvassing in Rathfriland yesterday,” the DUP politician wrote. “They are not welcome in this Unionist town.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Sinn Féin politician Michelle Gildernew has criticised a tweet from the DUP Northern Ireland Assembly member Jim Wells, who said her party wasn’t (...)

 Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard has been re-elected to Stormont. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Newcomer Sinéad Ennis helped Sinn Féin pull off a spectacular one-two in South Down in the North’s Assembly election, with a combined vote of more tha(...)

DUP candidate Jim Wells: he acknowledges people are mentioning the botched renewable heat incentive scheme, but says “they are still voting DUP”

South Down is a nationalist heartland where support for Sinn Féin and the SDLP is strong, so with seat numbers reduced from six to five a unionist is (...)

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