Sinn Féin’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill says she ‘would never take the membership for granted’. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

As Sinn Féin gears up for a pre-Christmas general election in the North, the party’s deputy leader is in the midst of an election contest of her own. (...)

Irish-language campaigners dressed in crocodile costumes outside a DUP MLA’s office in Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

As long as there was an IRA campaign of violence on this island, there was a large section of the Catholic nationalist community, North and South, who(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood at the Foyle Arena in Derry, during the Northern Ireland Assembly election count. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin topped the poll in the Foyle constituency, pushing the SDLP leader Colum Eastwood into third place in the party’s traditional stronghold of (...)

Martin McGuinness: Sinn Féin has two strong candidates in Elisha McCallion  and Raymond McCartney, but neither can match the enigmatic qualities of their party colleague. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Assembly elections in the constituency of Foyle, which runs from Derry to Strabane, will be dominated by one individual. That, of course, is Mar(...)

Felons Club in Belfast: after a meeting in the club in early January “Sinn Féin pressed a political nuclear button that has thrown Northern Ireland into uncertainty”. Photograph: from the club’s Facebook page

Inside the Felons Club in west Belfast the mood was immediately obvious. On a Saturday afternoon in early January several hundred republicans packed (...)

 Sinn Féin’s  Martin McGuinness  going into peace talks at Stormont in 1999. Photograph:  Paul McErlane/Reuters

Martin McGuinness and I are the same age - 66. He chose the path of militant republicanism and joined the IRA whilst I opted to remain at school and (...)

First Minister Arlene Foster (DUP) speaking at The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre. Photograph: John McVitty/Press Eye

The 2016 Northern Assembly elections came to a conclusion on Saturday afternoon with the DUP and Sinn Féin still the dominant parties in Northern Irel(...)

Pundit Paul McFadden, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and People Before Profit’s  Eamonn McCann share a joke at the Foyle Arena in Derry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Four weeks before this week’s Northern Ireland Assembly election Eamon McCann was an eleven to one outsider with the bookies to win one of the six sea(...)

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

Foyle, which is essentially Greater Derry, has remained one of the few SDLP outposts in the face of a rising Sinn Féin tide elsewhere in Northern Irel(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the Sinn Féin ArdFheis 2015 in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to contest for a place in Derry for the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a bid by the party to attac(...)

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