270,000 watch Northern Ireland election debate across Britain
An election debate run by UTV was watched by 380,000 people across the UK.
An election debate run by UTV was watched by 380,000 people across the UK.
A polling station in Northern Ireland that witnessed a Union flag protest at last year's European and council elections will not be used for the general election.
The Smith Commission has recommended full control over income tax rates and bands be devolved to Holyrood.
Now that the Scottish referendum has ended with a decisive result that underpins the Union of the four components of the British nation, we must all seek to act in the best interests of all of our people and establish a framework to serve the United Kingdom.
"The people of Scotland have spoken. It is a clear result. They have kept our country of four nations together."
Like them or hate them there is no doubt that the polls drove the flow of the Scottish referendum campaign. It was a great referendum for the polling industry, with regular polls by all the big-name companies contributing to the campaign agenda.
Last week's column was the last one written while I was Minister for Social Development. Today I have my first meeting as the new chair of the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee. Naturally I have reflected on what I have achieved over the past three years in DSD and I will return to that next week. It has been a privilege to serve in the Northern Ireland Executive over the past five years, in DCAL and then DSD, and a privilege for which I am very grateful.
As the only Northern Ireland politician to play a role in the Scottish No campaign I am very satisfied that Scotland voted to stay firmly British and in the Union.
Scotland’s decisive vote to remain part of the United Kingdom last week will have come as a huge blow to those who dream of the break-up of the UK. The decision of the Scottish people is all the more disheartening for nationalism because it is hard to imagine more ideal circumstances for the SNP.
An attack on the "tartan terror tactics" of the Scottish National Party by a former DUP minister has been referred to the Assembly's Speaker.
Alex Salmond dismissed claims that he intends to make a unilateral declaration of Scottish independence as MSPs gathered for the first time since the No vote in the referendum.
Away w’ ye perfidious Scots…well not quite, even at times the English may have wished it to be so…
The political system in Northern Ireland urgently needs to be "rebooted" if it is to become an efficient model of government, according to a lead adviser to the Scottish No campaign.
Alex Salmond has claimed that Scotland could declare itself independent without a referendum in the future.
The aftermath of the Scottish referendum on independence has left the coalition Government and Labour in disarray over plans for more devolution of powers from Westminster.
The man who devised the method by which central funding is distributed to the regions says he did it "on the back of an envelope" and it was time for it to end.
When Prime Minister David Cameron signalled the devolution of more powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the wake of the Scots rejecting independence, he pointedly remarked that we in the province would have to ensure that our devolved administration worked efficiently.
Three days after it was revealed Scotland would remain part of the UK, parties from both sides of the referendum divide gathered at an Edinburgh cathedral to emphasise reconciliation.
Alex Salmond has declared the "writing is on the wall" for Westminster as he claimed party leaders there tricked people into voting No to independence with their last minute promise of more powers for Holyrood.
After defeat in the independence referendum, Alex Salmond said it was time for a new leader who could now take the devolution process forward. Mr Salmond said he believed the Scottish National Party, parliament and country would ''benefit from new leadership''.
Business leaders have demanded the immediate devolution of corporation tax powers to Northern Ireland following the No vote.
The Queen has hailed the country's "robust democratic tradition" and said she has no doubt the Scottish people and the rest of the UK will "work constructively for the future of Scotland and indeed all parts of this country".
Well, thank goodness that's over. A few days ago I bumped into one enthusiastic politician, who told me: "I could do this for another couple of years."
Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond is perhaps the man who has done most for the cause of Scottish independence.
Alex Salmond has resigned as Scottish First Minister after the country's voters rejected independence - ending the debate for at least a generation.
David Cameron has fired the starting gun on a UK-wide constitutional shake-up – with Northern Ireland set to get extra powers within months.
1. Petitions of concern: Any 30 MLAs can raise one of these petitions about a measure being voted on.
It is all change from now on. The Scottish referendum has created a political wave that will roll well beyond next year's general election. With care, Stormont could ride on its crest to a better place; on past form, though, there is a big danger that we could be swamped.
The Finance Minister has warned that he would oppose a rush to devolve too much tax and spend powers to Northern Ireland in the wake of the Scottish referendum.
Sea mist swirled through the North Channel at Torr Head in the 'Ulster-Scots' heartland of north Antrim on Friday, meaning it was impossible to see the Mull of Kintyre just 12 miles away.
Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for a border poll following the Scottish referendum.
Alex Salmond is to resign as First Minister and SNP leader after seeing his dream of an independent Scotland ended for a generation.
The polls closed to cheers in George Square, Glasgow, on September 18, as voting in Scotland’s independence referendum drew to an end. Pro-Scottish independence voters gathered at a rally in the square on Thursday evening, wearing kilts, flying the Saltire and singing songs in celebratory anticipation of the result. Credit: Instagram/wynwinnie_1224
Famous reactions to the ‘No’ vote from ‘Yes’ campaigners has been a mixed bag thus far.
Speaking early on Friday morning as results showed that Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom, British Prime Minister David Cameron, who fought fervently to maintain the union, said “the debate has been settled for a generation, perhaps for a lifetime.”
First Minister Peter Robinson is contacting his Welsh counterpart today to discuss the impact of the Scottish referendum on devolution - after voters chose to stay as part of the UK.
On the very day when Scotland's voters went to the polls on probably the most important political issue they will ever face — whether to opt for independence or continue within the UK — the difference between democracy in action there and in Northern Ireland could not have been more starkly demonstrated.
Scotland’s voters have delivered their verdict – leaving Alex Salmond’s lifelong dream of an independent country in ruins and sparking a political earthquake which looks set to reverberate across the UK.
David Cameron is set to announce plans to "protect and enhance" the interests of English voters, as more powers are handed over to Scotland in the wake of its rejection of independence.
Independence campaigners staged a fightback in the Scottish referendum after supporters of the union suggested the UK was 'safe'.
The first result in the independence referendum has given a boost to pro-UK campaigners, with No securing a comfortable victory in Clackmannanshire.
First Minister Alex Salmond said Scotland's future was in Scotland's hands, as counting continued in the independence referendum.
Counting is well under way in First Minister Alex Salmond's constituency of Aberdeenshire, with SNP politicians optimistic about the outcome.
David Cameron is facing mounting pressure for constitutional change within England from politicians on all sides following the promise to grant more powers to Scotland if voters rejected independence.
A poll taken after people voted in the Scottish referendum predicts a narrow victory against independence.
From Inverness to the Borders, the queues formed before polling stations opened. In Paisley, schoolgirls in blazers cast their ballots en route to lessons. And close to Gretna Green, an English couple dodged the cameras – their shyness caused by eloping to the Yes camp when their family thought they were No.
Scotland was heading to a nail-biting finale in the vote on independence, the final survey of the two-and-a-half year referendum campaign suggested.
Katy Hunter had waited all her life for the chance to vote for an independent Scotland, and she wasn’t going to waste another moment.
Scottish referendum predictions and guide from right across each council.
Scotland's day of destiny has arrived as voters decide the fate of the United Kingdom in an historic ballot.
Film and TV