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The Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Photographer: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Bloomberg

Not for the first time in Northern Irish politics, last week’s election has created more questions than answers. There were answers, of course, not l(...)

Sinn Féin northern leader Michelle O’Neill at the declaration in Magherafelt, Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Sinn Féin will nominate Michelle O’Neill as the North’s first minister this week after it won the largest number of seats in the Assembly election. I(...)

In her acceptance speech, Diane Forsythe (DUP) referred to a “challenging” election campaign, but appealed to unionist unity and said this had delivered “a really positive result”. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

South Down was yet another constituency where Alliance gained at the expense of the middle ground. Patrick Brown – a PhD student at Queen’s Universi(...)

Alliance Party’s Nuala McAllister (centre-left) with leader Naomi Long (right) at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast as counting proceeded in the Northern Ireland Assembly election. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

In what was a bad day overall for the SDLP, the party had a particularly bad one in North Belfast, where the party’s deputy leader and outgoing minist(...)

Party election campaign posters are seen ahead of voters going to the polls on Thursday in Hilsborough, Northern Ireland. Photograph:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Voters in Northern Ireland will go to the polls on Thursday in an election that could fundamentally alter the political landscape in the North. Poll(...)

Alliance party campaign manager Peter McCully at CIYMS in east Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

If he was going to end up in any political party, jokes Peter McCully, then it was inevitable it would be Alliance. The son of two academics, he grew(...)

A panel of judges and researchers will scour Ireland to check out its lesser-known holiday locations and its famous destinations

The Irish Times is embarking on a 32-county search for the best Irish holiday in Ireland, for a countrywide competition. To nominate USE THE FORM I(...)

Democratic Unionist Party  leader Jeffrey Donaldson, centre, during the launch of the party’s mainfesto for the upcoming  Northern Ireland Assembly elections. Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

From Ballymoney to Bangor to Newbuildings and the Newtownards Road, in recent months the Northern Ireland protocol has been roundly denounced from pla(...)

Some of the young people at the event in Derry spoke about a disconnect between politics as portrayed at Stormont and through the media, and their own experiences. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin  Shining in the evening sunshine, a new mural of the late Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume has been created on a gable wall in the centre of his home city, Derry in Northern-Ireland. The mural was painted by the artist Peaball. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 23-4-2022 copyright

When asked what they think of when they hear the word “politics”, young people in Derry have no shortage of suggestions. “Boring. Lazy. Arguments. Vi(...)

Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill: ‘just not fathomable’ that the DUP would not go back into government. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The DUP “can’t hold everybody else to ransom” and there is “no need whatsoever” for a lengthy period of negotiations following the North’s Assembly el(...)

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