Nine-year-old Patrick Rooney was  the first child to be killed in the Troubles in Belfast in 1969. Pictured are his  brother Con Rooney and mother Alice  at there home in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the opening days of the Troubles. Here Susan McKay starts a week-long series of articles where she looks backs(...)

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy speaks at the first meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy was the only Irish MEP to speak at the first meeting of the new European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, as he raised t(...)

Sinn Féin candidate Martina Anderson, centre, with her husband, Paul Kavanagh and Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill at the count centre in Magherafelt, Co Derry. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

As so often at election results time, the faces said it all. In the South, a grim result for Sinn Féin was mirrored by equally grim expressions; in th(...)

Alliance party leader Naomi Long’s election is highly significant for the welcome signal it sends that there is a moderate political centre in Northern Ireland capable of making its presence felt.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The election of Alliance Party leader Naomi Long to the European Parliament means that two of the three MEPs elected by the people of Northern Ireland(...)

From left to right: Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson, Alliance leader Naomi Long and Diane Dodds from the DUP at the count centre in Derry on Monday. Photograph: Freya McClements

Alliance leader Naomi Long, the DUP’s Diane Dodds and Martina Anderson of Sinn Féin have been elected as Northern Ireland’s MEPs. The DUP candidate D(...)

Danny Kennedy:  “I have really enjoyed being out on the political stump again”

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) candidate in the European elections, Danny Kennedy, lost his Newry and Armagh assembly seat in the 2017 poll, and apar(...)

DUP’s Diane Dodds at the Balmoral Show. Photograph: Brian Little/PressEye

“Calm down and carry on farming,” said the sign on a bag being carried by a young farmer at the Balmoral Show on the outskirts of Lisburn, Co Antrim. (...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and party colleague Nicola Mallon: the party formed a partnership with Fianna Fáil earlier this year. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

For decades John Hume represented the SDLP in the European Parliament. Even 15 years since he departed the job, the SDLP still sees Northern Ireland’s(...)

Counting  under way in Belfast after voters went to the polls in local elections. Photograph:   Rebecca Black/PA

While there are some changes to the political pattern, the dominant picture remains the same as counting continues in the local elections in Northern (...)

Alliance Party’s leader Naomi Long – and European candidate – named  most popular politician in the North in a recent poll: Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Granted a reprieve by Theresa May’s inability to pass the withdrawal agreement at Westminster, the Northern parties are instead now fighting a campaig(...)

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