A watchtower and perimeter wall marks the boundary of the former Maze Prison, west of Belfast. The DUP has withdrawn its support for a peace centre on the site. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg.

The Democratic Unionist Party has withdrawn support for a controversial new peace centre at the site of the former Maze prison.First Minister Peter Ro(...)

Simon Hamilton:  getting used to his prestigious Northern Executive post of Minister for Finance. Photograph: Press Eye

Simon Hamilton, his jacket draped loosely over his office chair, sits in his new office on the Stormont estate, getting used to his prestigious Northe(...)

Catholic unionists Stephen Goss and Torr Coggan. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker

DUP First Minister Peter Robinson has said he wants more Catholics to support the union. He speaks from a position of unionist self-interest. He knows(...)

 Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: has ruled out the British government getting directly involved in the controversy

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has ruled out the British government getting directly involved in the controversy over allegations that the DUP Mi(...)

 Sinn Féin former education minister Caitriona Ruane: said a BBC Spotlight programme contained serious allegations of financial and political corruption. Photograph: Reuters

The DUP Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland faced several calls in the Northern Assembly yesterday for him to stand aside while an offic(...)

A video posted on the internet by Sinn Féin shows Gerry Kelly stepping out in front of a moving police Land Rover, waving at the driver. The vehicle keeps moving, whereupon Mr Kelly stands on the bumper and clings to a grille. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A war of words has erupted between the North’s political parties regarding the actions of Sinn Féin representatives at an Orange Order rally in Belfas(...)

Party leader Basil McCrea MLA and deputy leader John McCallister MLA at the launch of a new political party for Northern Ireland, NI21, in Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Press Eye.

The new political party established by former Ulster Unionist Party Assembly members Basil McCrea and John McCallister, which was officially launch(...)

Lord Laird: “I have not broken any rules. However, I have referred the situation to the appropriate authorities.” Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Lord Laird said yesterday he had “not broken any rules” following cash for access allegations.“I did not agree to act as a paid advocate in any procee(...)

Ulster Unioninst leader Mike Nesbitt

An award-winning book for adolescents has triggered controversy in the Northern Assembly. The Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt (...)

Mr Robinson said he was “depressed” at the level of negative political reaction to the initial proposals to create a “shared futu(...)

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