Ruth Patterson

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Counting in the local elections at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

The atmosphere under the Dome of Delight at Belfast City Hall was buzzing at the weekend as 60 councillors were elected to the North’s largest lo(...)

Rev Mairisíne Stanfield (53) minister of First Presbyterian Church, Bangor in Co Down since 2013.

For the first time the Presbyterian Church in Ireland may be about to elect its first female Moderator, or principal public representative. Election(...)

Arlene Foster established the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme which paid business owners more in subsidies than the fuel cost and led to a “cash for ash” scandal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s First Minister has claimed calls for her to stand down over her role in a botched green energy scheme are motivated by misogyny. A(...)

DUP MLA Emma Little-Pengelly at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Sinn Féin’s Mairtin Ó Muilleoir joked that his election in South Belfast became official only when he posted the result on Twitter. “How do you spell(...)

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

South Belfast is one of the most competitive of all the North’s 18 constituencies in this Northern Ireland Assembly election. There will be intense(...)

Belfast City Hall: officials in the Football Association of Ireland  and the Irish Football Association have been invited to attend joint reception in Belfast to celebrate both teams qualifying for  Euro 2016. Photograph:  Joe Fox/Getty Images

The two soccer associations on the island of Ireland are this week faced with the dilemma of deciding how to respond to a controversial invitation to(...)

Pastor James McConnell leaving  the magistrates court in Belfast on January 5, 2016 after being found not guilty of making ‘grossly offensive’ remarks about Islam. The judge said while he considered the remarks offensive, he did not consider them “grossly” offensive under the law.  AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

The bizarre trial of elderly Belfast pastor James McConnell has ended with the right verdict: not guilty. His attack on Islam – made from the platform(...)

DUP Assembly member Emma Pengelly has been appointed a junior Minister in the Northern Executive. Photograph: Twitter

DUP Assembly member Emma Pengelly has been appointed a junior Minister in the Northern Executive - just four weeks after she was co-opted as the MLA f(...)

Democratic Unionist councillor Ruth Patterson, with her solicitor Denis Moloney, arriving at Belfast Magistrates Court today in connection with a comment she posted on Facebook. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A Democratic Unionist Party councillor has appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged in connection with a comment she posted on Facebook. Ruth Pat(...)

DUP councillor Ruth Patterson, who has been arrested following a alleged response she made to a Facebook post in which she appeared to welcome an imaginary act of violence against senior republicans. Photograph: Photopress Belfast

DUP councillor Ruth Patterson has been charged with posting a “grossly offensive communication” and is to appear in court later this month.The 57-year(...)

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