Michelle O Neill

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Robin Swann, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, and Michelle O’Neill, vice president of Sinn Féin. Uncertainty at Westminster and over Brexit form the backdrop to the latest effort to negotiate a deal between the main Stormont parties. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has expressed disappointment the beginning of a proposed “intensive” stage of the talks to restore the Northern Ireland Assembly amounted to(...)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May, who are reviewing what progress has been made in the talks aimed at restoring S(...)

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(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster with Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill at the Lyra McKee funeral in Belfast last month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Ian Knox had a good cartoon in the Irish News on Saturday. It showed the leaders of the Alliance and Green parties, Naomi Long and Clare Bailey, strid(...)

Unite trade union leaders speak  in Belfast after news of Bombardier’s planned sell off of its Belfast  operation. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

The Unite trade union on Thursday called on Stormont politicians to restore devolved government in the North after Bombardier announced it is to sell (...)

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’s Arlene Foster  with Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill at the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee in Belfast on Wednesday. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Pool via Reuters

Sinn Féin on Thursday rejected the DUP’s latest call for Stormont to be restored immediately with a talks process aimed at ending their disagreements (...)

Political leaders including Arlene Foster, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill listen to Fr Martin McGill’s homily

A key moment at the funeral of Lyra McKee was when Fr Martin Magill, commended political leaders such as the DUP’s Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin’s Mary (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill attend the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/EPA

Delivering the homily at the ecumenical funeral service for Lyra McKee, Fr Martin Magill captured the public mood with pinpoint accuracy when he expre(...)

Journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead in Derry on Thursday night

Ronan McGreevy President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to journalist Lyra McKee who was shot dead during riots in Derry on Thursday night. Mr (...)

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