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Naomi Long said, “If elected, I will not only be the first woman to lead the party,  I will also be the first leader younger than Alliance itself.”

The East Belfast Assembly member Naomi Long seems certain to become the next leader of the Alliance party in two weeks time after she emerged as the o(...)

David Ford was the minister of justice from 2010 until earlier this year when Alliance decided not to take up an offer from the DUP and Sinn Féin to hold on to that post. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

David Ford is stepping down as leader of the Alliance Party with his successor to be chosen at a special party conference at the end of the month, he (...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: said the issue was a “non-story”, since the report’s warnings were well-aired during the campaign. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) blocked the publication of an official report before last June’s Brexit referendum, which warned about the implic(...)

Former Sinn Féin Northern Assembly committee chairman Daithí McKay, who has resigned as an MLA following allegations that he communicated with blogger Jamie Bryson before the  latter gave explosive evidence about  Nama dealings in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The central question arising from the latest, rather astonishing, Nama allegations is who do you believe and, more precisely, who is telling the truth(...)

Peter Robinson: rejected claim at the time as a “scripted performance”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has called for a PSNI and Stormont investigation into allegations that a senior Sinn Féin Assembly member coached (...)

The chair of the Northern Ireland finance committee, Sinn Féin’s Daithi McKay

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has stood down as an Assembly member and been suspended from the party following allegation he coached a loyalist blogger (...)

Northern Secretary and Leave campaigner Theresa Villiers said there was “no appetite” for a Border poll. Photograph: AFP

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has effectively ruled out a Border poll on a united Ireland despite calls for such a plebiscite from senior Sinn (...)

Naomi Long of the Alliance Party is congratulated by her husband Michael Long after being elected as MLA for Belfast East. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The DUP has first choice of which ministry to take in the new Northern Executive which is scheduled to be formed in two weeks’ time. Sinn Féin will ha(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster with party colleagues William Humphrey, Paula Bradley, Nelson McCausland and Nigel Dodds at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, during the Assembly elections. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Politics shifted a little in the Northern Ireland elections which finally came to a conclusion on Saturday afternoon. After the final three seats wer(...)

Located on the Ards Peninsula, bordering the southern shores of Belfast Lough, the affluent area takes in towns such as Bangor, where the count is taking place, Holywood and Donaghadee.

It was very much as case of “as you were” in the staunchly unionist constituency of North Down where Alan Chambers of the UUP Peter Weir of the DUP an(...)

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