There will be overnight verification of unused ballot papers returned from the polling stations, with councils ready to begin counting on Friday at 8am. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Polls have closed following a day of voting in the local government elections. A total of 819 local government election candidates are standing acros(...)

West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff leaving Sinn Féin’s headquarters on the Falls Road in Belfast following his suspension from all party activity for three months. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The decision by Sinn Féin to impose a three-month suspension on West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff for his Kingsmill tweet has been condemned by unionist p(...)