Ukip fields eight for Assembly poll
The UK Independence Party is to field eight candidates in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections in May.
The news came as leader Nigel Farage opened an office in Bangor, North Down.
Among those standing are former Upper Bann Ulster Unionist Barbara Trotter.
Mr Farage said Ukip was a unionist non-sectarian party.
"We are the only national political party fielding candidates. We come with a non-sectarian approach," he said.
"Over the last four years there has been little opposition voice within the Assembly and we intend to provide that."
Ukip advocates withdrawal from the European Union and strict curbs on immigration.
Among its councillors in Northern Ireland are former Ulster Unionist Henry Reilly at Newry and Mourne District Council.
Ukip joins an increasingly crowded field of unionist parties in Northern Ireland, including the Conservative Party and Jim Allister's Traditional Unionist Voice plus those already represented in the Assembly.