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Sinn Féin Minister for Communities Carál Ní Chuilín: “I will revitalise the Housing Executive.” Photograph: Steven McCaffery/PA Wire

A major overhaul of the North’s social housing provision system has been announced by the Sinn Féin Minister for Communities Carál Ní Chuilín. The No(...)

The coffin of Seamus Mallon is carried to Saint James of Jerusalem Church in Mullaghbrack, Co Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Seamus Mallon was a “peacemaker, a bridge builder, a leader, a statesman, and a faithful worker for the Kingdom of God”, the Archbishop of Armagh and (...)

Seamus Mallon and David Trimble at Stormont following their election as deputy first minister and first minister. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

He walked into the room, an olive-green Donegal tweed light suit, pocket watch chain in the waistcoat, and held out his hand. “I’m Seamus,” he said, a(...)

Séamus Mallon speaking in the House of Commons in 1999. Photograph: PA

My first face-to-face meeting with the former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon was on December 19th, 1975, when members of the so-(...)

The first results from Northern Ireland’s 18 constituencies are expected to start coming through from shortly after 1am. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Political anoraks with an interest in Northern Ireland politics probably will have to stay up to after 4am on Friday morning before they know all the (...)

 Democratic Unionist Party  deputy leader Nigel Dodds, pictured with party leader Arlene Foster, has been embroiled in a  bitter and brutal battle with Sinn Féin’s John Finucane in North Antrim. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

People in Northern Ireland are pretty fired up for this Westminster contest and that is illustrated by the fact that there are more than 50,000 additi(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood arrives for the recording of UTV’s election debate in Belfast on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A police inquiry is underway in Derry after a fake letter purporting to be from the SDLP leader, Colum Eastwood, was sent to voters. In it, Mr Eastwo(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood: “There will be a vote, or votes, in Westminster, and it’s whether you want somebody who will go to Westminster and use their voice or somebody who won’t.”   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

When the Westminster election result was declared in Foyle in 2017, much metaphorical use was made of the unbreached historic walls around the city of(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, British prime minister Boris Johnson and DUP leader Arlene Foster at the DUP conference in November 2018. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

The outcome of the Westminster election in Northern Ireland will show whether the deep divisions in the region over Brexit can trump tribal politics. (...)

Arlene Foster,   DUP leader, party deputy leader, Nigel Dodds  and MP Jeffrey Donaldson. File photo. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty

Pressure is mounting on the incoming Ulster Unionist Party leader Steve Aiken from fellow unionists to change his decision that his party will contest(...)

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