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 Martin McGuinness: “It is clear that the electorate has charged the DUP and Sinn Féin to be the lead parties in the next Assembly and Executive,” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The DUP last night was on course to remain significantly ahead of Sinn Féin and in line to hold on to the First Minister position, notwithstanding war(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the count in Omagh: she will be delighted with the performance of her party. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sitting in the Sinn Féin offices in Derry at the latter stages of the Northern Assembly election campaign, Martin McGuinness made one definitive predi(...)

Joanne Bunting of the DUP celebrates after being elected as MLA for Belfast East at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Wounded Afghanistan veteran Andy Allen won the Ulster Unionists’ only seat in Belfast with victory in the east of the city. Mr Allen, who was badly i(...)

SOUTH ANTRIM CANDIDATES: Steve Aiken (UUP); Richard William Cairns (TUV); Pam Cameron (DUP); Trevor Clarke (DUP); Adrian Cochrane-Watson (UUP); Helen Farley (Greens); David RJ Ford (Alliance); Paul Girvan (DUP); Robert Hill (Ukip); Declan Kearney (Sinn Féin); Roisin Lynch (SDLP); David McMaster (Ind); Paul Michael (UUP); Mark David Young (Conservatives).

It’s all over in South Antrim as the UUP’s Paul Michael has been eliminated at the seventh stage of the count, meaning his party colleague Steve Aiken(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster arrives with Paul Robinson to cast their votes at Brookeborough Primary School in Enniskillen. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of people in Northern Ireland voted yesterday to elect the next 108-member Northern Ireland Assembly. While more than 1.2 mill(...)

UUP’s Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP’s Arlene Foster, SDLP’s Colum Eastwood and the Alliance Party’s David Ford during the Noel Thompson-hosted election debate on BBC. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/PA

Finally, at the end of a lacklustre Northern Assembly election campaign, there was some spark when the leaders of the North’s five main parties battle(...)

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

The Ulster Unionist Party’s Danny Kinahan taking the South Antrim Westminister seat from the Democratic Unionist Party’s Rev William McCrea was one o(...)

David Ford of the Alliance Party said he had no plans to stand down as leader. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Alliance Party leader David Ford has indicated that either Naomi Long or Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry will be the Minister o(...)

The  debate between Northern Ireland’s five main parties – UUP’s Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP’s Arlene Foster, Alliance Party’s David Ford and the SDLP’s Colum Eastwood. (UTV presenter Marc Mallett is facing away from the camera). Photograph: Arthur Allison

The first leaders’ debate in the Northern Assembly Assembly election campaign took place in the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday night, with no high drama b(...)

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

This Assembly election, barring calamity, will see the return to frontline politics of Alliance’s Naomi Long. It may even pave the way for her, eventu(...)

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