The Alliance Party’s Nuala McAllister celebrates as she is elected for the Castle area during the local  election count at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA

The story of the local elections in Northern Ireland was the strong performance of the Alliance party to increase its representation by more than 20 s(...)

Sinn Féin Senator Máire Devine was suspended from the party for three months after she retweeted a post referring to Brian Stack, who was chief prison officer at Portlaoise Prison and was shot in Dublin in 1983.

Sinn Féin will not seek and does not expect the resignation of Senator Maire Devine despite increasing calls for her to stand down from her position f(...)