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Actor Peter Dinklage  in a scene from Game of Thrones: the series which is filmed in Northern Ireland helped boost visitor numbers last year. Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO via AP

Northern Ireland has never been more popular for visitors – at least according to the latest official statistics which show a record 2.3 million touri(...)

The formation of a functioning Executive in Northern Ireland should be regarded as a positive development, in view of the fact that failure would have(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood flanked by party colleagues as he addresses the media in Stormont after the  Executive was formed. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The new Northern Executive looks and feels different. It looks different because it has seven new Ministers if you include the two junior posts. It f(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  with new  Minister of Justice Claire Sugden at Stormont. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The new Northern Executive is holding its first meeting at Stormont today after the issue of who would become Minister of Justice was resolved in th(...)

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(...)

STRANGFORD CANDIDATES: Kellie Armstrong (Alliance); Jonathan Bell (DUP); Joe Boyle (SDLP); Stephen Cooper (TUV); Stephen Crawford (Ukip); Georgia Grainger (Greens); Dermot Kennedy (Sinn Féin); Simon Hamilton (DUP); Harry Harvey (DUP); Bill McKendry (NI Conservatives); Michelle McIlveen (DUP); Mike Nesbitt (UUP); Philip Smith (UUP).

Veteran SDLP candidate Joe Boyle once again came agonisingly close to being the first nationalist MLA elected in the Strangford constituency - before (...)

The Leaders’ Debate on BBC One Northern Ireland with UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP leader Arlene Foster, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Alliance Party leader David Ford. Photograph: Press Eye

“I love Arlene” were the first three words uttered on the DUP’s final Northern Assembly election broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster yesterday morning. The(...)

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

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt is anxious to win back the party’s second seat it dropped when David McNarry defected to Ukip after the las(...)

It is “unclear” why  Michael Noonan did not instruct Nama to “suspend the sales process” for its Northern Irish portfolio  when it learned of  “proposed fee arrangements” in place, a Stormont inquiry has found. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is “unclear” why Minister for Finance Michael Noonan did not instruct Nama to “suspend the sales process” of its portfolio in the North when it lea(...)

Abortion is legal in the North where there is a threat to the life of the woman or where there is a risk of a serious and adverse effect on her physical or mental health which is either long term or permanent.  Photograph: Thinkstock

There were 16 abortions in Northern Ireland from April 2014 to April 2015 which is a reduction of seven on the previous year, according to the latest (...)

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