Gerry Kelly MLA: topped the poll for Sinn Féin in North Belfast  last year. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

North Belfast experienced some of the worst sectarian violence of the Troubles. A patchwork quilt of nationalist and loyalist interfaces, it is compr(...)

 Orange Order grand secretary Drew Nelson. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Orange Order grand secretary Drew Nelson has died aged 60 after a short illness. Mr Nelson, from Dromore in Co Down, was described as a pragmatic and(...)

Paul Maskey of Sinn Féin (left), who has been elected in Belfast West,  congratulates fellow party member Gerry Kelly (right) on being elected as MLA for Belfast North, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Belfast North count is complete in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections. It is a similar result as in 2011 - two seats to Sinn Féin, three to (...)

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

There is a fascinating inter-unionist contest in the constituency, where a reverend doctor – who, for the moment, has abandoned the sacred world of re(...)

Stormont’s Minister for Culture Carál Ní Chuilín said: “I resent the accusation that I have pet projects, and it is regrettable that the member [DUP MLA William Humphrey] continues to use and abuse the Irish language in the chamber.” File photograph: Steven McCaffery/PA Wire

Stormont’s Minister for Culture has been challenged over an alleged “disparity” between treatment of the Irish language and Ulster Scots. DUP Assembl(...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Sport Carál Ní Chuilín said: “Rather than hiding from challenges or denying that the challenges exist, I am dealing with the challenges,” she said. “It’s called leadership.” File photograph: Steven McCaffery/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Sport has said her department is not dysfunctional and that she is still mystified by the resignation of nine Sport NI(...)

Loyalists liked pumping iron and reading porn mags, while the Catholics pondered  Foucault and were ever so cultural ... or so it was believed. Photograph: PA

In the end, the show did go on, and no lightning bolts from the sky were observed. Having slapped a ban on a spoof Bible play appearing in a lo(...)

Orangemen during a recent stand-off with police on Woodvale Road, Belfast. If the Belfast Agreement is the best we can do we can look forward to almost permanent sectarian division.

We’re on the two roads,Maybe the wrong roads,On the road to God knows where . . . In north Belfast on Tuesday, Sinn Féin Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoi(...)

The announcement, welcomed by nationalists, came just hours after Police Service of Northern Ireland chief constable Matt Baggott announced he was drafting in an additional 630 additional police officers to help police the annual Twelfth of July demonstrations. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Three senior DUP figures have called for the removal of the Parades Commission after it ruled that a contentious Orange Order parade should not pass a(...)

Army bomb disposal experts search the area where a suspected mortar bomb was discovered. The device was found close to New Barnsley station in north Belfast this morning. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Those responsible for a suspected failed mortar bomb attack on a police station in Northern Ireland had a clear intent to murder, a senior off(...)