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Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams (centre) at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast for the Assembly elections count. With him from left are  party candidates Alex Maskey (elected), Fra McCann (elected),  Rosie McCorley (eliminated), Jennifer McCann (elected),  and Caral Ní  Chuilín (in the running at time of writing). Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Alex Attwood of the SDLP has kept his seat in the Belfast West constituency, with 4,430 votes. The DUP’s Frank McCoubrey was eliminated on the final (...)

Belfast West candidates: Alex Attwood (SDLP);  Conor Campbell (Workers’ Party);  Gerry Carroll (PBP);  Jemima Higgins (Alliance);  Gareth Thomas Martin (UUP);  Alex Maskey (Sinn Féin);  Fra McCann (Sinn Féin);  Jennifer McCann (Sinn Féin);  Rosie McCorley (Sinn Féin);  Frank McCoubrey (DUP);  Ellen Murray (Greens);  Pat Sheehan (Sinn Féin).

Sinn Féin got its election posters up early here to demonstrate it is very serious about holding its five seats in this six-seater constituency. Afte(...)

A PSNI patrol has come under gun attack in west Belfast in an incident which the police are treating as attempted murder. Police said eight (...)

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Minister of State Seán Sherlock and Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have discussed the crisis threatening the Stormont institutions as Dublin and London at(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers. Ms Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan are to attempt to break the stalemate that threatens the Northern 	Executive. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers are meeting the five main Northern Ireland parties this (...)

 Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “It’s highly questionable as to whether or not the meeting will achieve anything but we will be there.” Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has expressed pessimism about the possibility of crunch talks in Belfast tomorrow result(...)

Durkan (54), who is in his third Westminster election campaign, having also served as deputy first minister, blames the DUP and Sinn Féin for the latest logjam. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/GettyImages

While canvassing on the streets of Derry, Mark Durkan says he detects an “anti-politics vibe” on the doorsteps. It’s a reaction he has been experienci(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness complained of ‘political policing’ against Sinn Féin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness again complained “political policing” when he addressed a rally in west Belfast this afternoon in support of S(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson claims that the interests of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland are regarded as subservient to their interests in the Dáil.  Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has accused Sinn F éin of refusing to move on welfare reform in the North (...)

John Downey: Emergency debate at Stormont  to discuss  fallout from court decision not to press ahead with action against Donegal man in connection with  1982 Hyde Park bombing. Picture: EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

The Northern Ireland Assembly has backed a DUP motion expressing outrage at secret British government deals with republican on-the-runs and calling(...)

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