Nelson McCausland addresses the DUP annual conference in 2011.  File Photograph Paul Faith/PA Wire

A former Democratic Unionist Party MLA has issued a High Court apology for false and “seriously defamatory” online postings on Facebook and on his blo(...)

 Theresa May in a unionist band: The DUP has seen itself  mocked in  tweets, news websites and cartoons

Arlene Foster must be feeling rather like Liberace. Remember when he was derided for his camp flamboyance and his ersatz piano renditions of the class(...)

Sinn Féin’s Seán Lynch at the Omagh count centre. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Five Winners 1. Sinn Féin The obvious big winners of this election. Their vote share increased by almost 4 per cent and, at 27 seats, they came with(...)

Tiger’s Bay resident Alec McGurgan is planning to vote Ulster Unionist in the wake of the renewable heat incentive  debacle. Photograph: Peter Geoghegan

Alec McGurgan has seen plenty of changes during six decades living in Tiger’s Bay. The narrow warren of terraced north Belfast streets he played on a(...)

Gerry Kelly MLA: topped the poll for Sinn Féin in North Belfast  last year. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

North Belfast experienced some of the worst sectarian violence of the Troubles. A patchwork quilt of nationalist and loyalist interfaces, it is compr(...)

For decades if not centuries before 2011, Northern Ireland’s marching bands – its “largest community arts sector”, to use Givan’s heroic description – managed without any public money.  Photograph: Eric Luke

DUP Communities Minister Paul Givan has cut £50,000 from Irish language summer placements in Donegal. About 100 young people will be affected. The bu(...)

Prominent Ulster Defence Association figure John Boreland, who was murdered with a shotgun outside his north Belfast home. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

A senior police officer in the North has appealed for calm after the murder in north Belfast of prominent Ulster Defence Association figure John Borel(...)

Late loyalist leader Billy Wright photographed  in front of a loyalist mural in early 1997. File photograph: PA Photo

Northern Ireland’s chief constable has expressed regret over the police’s handling of a controversy around the erection of a poster celebrating a not(...)

Paul Maskey of Sinn Féin (left), who has been elected in Belfast West,  congratulates fellow party member Gerry Kelly (right) on being elected as MLA for Belfast North, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Belfast North count is complete in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections. It is a similar result as in 2011 - two seats to Sinn Féin, three to (...)

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

There is a fascinating inter-unionist contest in the constituency, where a reverend doctor – who, for the moment, has abandoned the sacred world of re(...)

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