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There is a ‘non-stop conversation’ under way across the island on a united Ireland, Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill said at her party’s ardfheis in Derry on Friday night. File photograph: Alan Betson

It is no longer a question of if, it is a question of when a referendum on a united Ireland will be held, the Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill(...)

Sinn Féin is bullish about John Finucane’s chance of taking DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds’s seat in North Belfast, where the SDLP has stood aside. Photograph: Getty

The Sinn Féin Ardfheis takes place in Derry this Friday evening and is the start of a two-day gathering that presents the party with a welcome opportu(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald and vice-president Michelle O’Neill were clearly meant to at least refresh the appearance of the old firm of Adams and McGuinness. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The road from “the armed struggle” to constitutional politics has been long and twisting. North and South Sinn Féin faces hostility rooted in past vio(...)

The Green Party, which had already stepped aside in a number of constituencies in favour of other pro-Remain candidates, is to stand in three constituencies. Photograph: iStock

A total of 102 candidates are to contest Northern Ireland’s 18 constituencies in the general election on December 12th. Nominations closed on Thursda(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (centre left) sits alongside deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (centre right), North Belfast candidate John Finucane  and Fermanagh and South Tyrone candidate Michelle Gildernew at   Sinn Féin’s Westminster election launch on Monday in Belfast. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

John Finucane, Sinn Féin’s candidate in the tightly contested constituency of North Belfast, has stated he is aiming to join seven “proudly abstention(...)

Steve Aiken makes speaking to Ulster Unionist Party colleagues at the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick, Co Antrim on Saturday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Northern Ireland joined the European Union as one and must either “leave as one or remain as one”, Steve Aiken said as he was formally elected as new (...)

The chances of the DUP, under Arlene Foster, in North Belfast have been given a boost by the decision of Ulster Unionist Party leader Steve Aiken  not to run a candidate in the constituency. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The move by four of the big parties in Northern Ireland not to contest some Westminster election constituencies for tactical reasons represents a disa(...)

New UUP leader Stephen Aiken at the party’s  office in Ballyclare. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Politicians often use nautical terminology, though few of them know one end of a boat from the other. And then there is Steve Aiken, the new leader of(...)

Boris Johnson checks a potato with quality control staff during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory in Co Armagh. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool/AFP via Getty

UK prime minister Boris Johnson on a visit to the Tayto factory in Tandragee on Thursday evening sought to reassure unionists and loyalists that his B(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald, centre,  flanked by candidate John Finucane and party vice president Michelle O’Neill in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The Ulster Unionist Party’s new dawn lasted barely a week. New leader designate Steve Aiken had pledged to run candidates in all 18 Northern Ireland (...)

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