Joe McHugh: ‘I’d be happy  to meet and talk with any unionists who have any concerns about the Irish language’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Joe McHugh says language is not a threat and belongs to all, both North and South

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will miss next week’s meeting of the Policing Authority. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Watchdog’s head says it is ‘unfortunate’ the Garda Commissioner will not be at the event

Mary Lou McDonald: ““Unionism no longer dominates. If it wishes to be in power it will be only on the basis of powersharing and equality”

Mary Lou McDonald says Irish unity very much on the political agenda

Martin McGuinness: his personal willingness to seek agreement “played a very positive role on many occasions”, according to the former DUP minister Edwin Poots. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

DUP opposes Irish-language law that is ‘more about developing a sense of national identity’

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: “You can’t truly support An Garda Síochána today if you don’t hold them to modern standards of accountability.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Brendan Howlin says revelations suggest routine institutionalised maladministration

Pearse Doherty: said seven SF votes in Commons would have no impact because the British Labour party now supported Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Doherty challenged at MacGill Summer School to ensure SF end Commons abstentionism

 Martin Shanahan: ‘We cannot be complacent, these investments will not fall into our laps, they will have to be won’

Martin Shanahan critical of those advocating an Irexit-says it would hamper investment

Dr Howard Hastings at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Renowned family remains optimistic about future but wants political stability

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe says it is critical that dangerous risks are avoided. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Minister criticises left-wing politics and policies which could ‘break this country’

Dáithí Ó Ceallaigh, former ambassador to London, said he feared for the future in relation to the political stalemate in Northern Ireland

‘If the centre is to hold State must treat all its citizens equally,’ says Prof Gary Murphy

Seán Donlon says SF has a ‘strong mandate and they can afford to be both brave and generous.’ File photograph: Dave Meehan

Seán Donlon says abstentionism is not serving the interests of Northern Ireland

Specialist Garda units take part in a simulated anti-terror operation at the Docklands railway station in central Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘We have achieved our security on the cheap,’ says ex-director of military intelligence

Sir Julian King: “Another five terrorist plots have been foiled since March.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Eighteen terrorist plots foiled in EU since 2013, former British ambassador says

Alan Dukes, former minister for finance, spoke at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Former FG leader Dukes tells MacGill Summer School Ireland has ‘more to lose’ than anyone

Former Armagh footballer Jarlath Burns:  ‘We try to get people to take risks, and take them out of their comfort zone and into a new place’

Jarlath Burns has immense pride in his home area, which he says is rising above its past

Martin McGuinness. “I could never see how it was right, even in a war situation, to slip out of your bed at night to go and put a bomb under somebody else’s car,” says Peter Sheridan. Photograph: Bruno Vincent/Getty Images

Peter Sheridan, once the highest ranking Catholic police officer in the North, looks back at a long and troubled road and how the (...)

Orangemen and women make their way past the nationalist Ardoyne area in Belfast. Photograph: Getty Images

Tens of thousands marching in and observing Twelfth of July across Northern Ireland

Michael Christopher Hayes from south Dublin said he took what he called “collective responsibility” for all the IRA’s actions in England, including the Birmingham pub bombings. Screengrab: BBC

Michael Hayes’s apology rejected by relatives of one victim and by Paddy Hill of Birmingham Six

Women who have had terminations since June 30th will have costs refunded

Drumcree parade: police stop Portadown Orangemen from walking down Garvaghy road. Photograph: Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press

James Brokenshire urged to disband Parades Commission over Drumcree ruling

Judicial review: Ciaran McClean claims that Theresa May’s deal with Arlene Foster contravenes the Belfast Agreement and UK anti-bribery law. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

Green Party politician claims ‘bribery’ pact breaches Belfast Agreement

Murals on the Falls Road near Albert Street in west Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

A small group of youths is terrorising both locals and tourists in the Lower Falls area

DUP leader Arlene Foster and DUP MLA Simon Hamilton address media after talks wound up at Stormont Castle in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Frustration at Stormont as talks collapse amid impasse over law on Irish language

Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster and Simon Hamilton address media as talks wound up at Stormont Castle, Belfast. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

DUP, Sinn Féin and other North parties fail to reach agreement as talks collapse

DUP leader Arlene Foster with party colleague Simon Hamilton speaking at Stormont Castle following the failure of talks aimed at establishing a new executive. Photograph: Alan Lewis/

Frustration and disappointment at collapse of talks but MLAs plan to work all summer

Sinn Féin expects the Stormont talks deadline to be extended until the autumn. Photograph: Reuters

Level of disagreement means there is little chance of a deal before end of summer

Talks remain deadlocked on a number of issues, but chiefly over the Irish language. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

British and Irish Ministers urge the DUP and Sinn Féin to get a deal done this week

DUP leader Arlene Foster whose party has been criticised over a £425,000 donation received during the Brexit campaign. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

Measure would not cover controversial £425,000 given to DUP during Brexit campaign

 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (centre) with her negotiating team at Stormont Castle. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA.

Impasse continues but Brokenshire says deal on new executive could be reached this week

Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire is due to outline the British government’s next move in the House of Commons in the afternoon. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Sinn Féin should not seek ‘10-0’ victory in negotiations, says former DUP minister

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams and the party’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill join demonstrators demanding equal marriage legislation at an event in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Sinn Féin leader claims DUP showing no urgency in dealing with issues

Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd (l) and Declan Kearney speak to the media at Stormont Castle, Belfast. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

SF negotiator had called for Theresa May and Leo Varadkar to attend powersharing talks

Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd (left) and Mairtin O Muilleoir talk to the media following talks aimed at restoring powersharing in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

John O’Dowd says DUP refusing to move on Irish language and same-sex marriage

 James Brokenshire, Northern Secretary,    and Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs, admitted  the game was up shortly before lunchtime on Thursday  outside Stormont Castle. Photograph: EPA

It’s about more than language; it’s about Sinn Féin and SDLP putting manners on the DUP

Grainne Teggart, a campaigner at Amnesty International, said: ‘Today’s court ruling is an utter betrayal of women in Northern Ireland who find themselves in these tragic circumstances.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Case focuses on whether assembly or courts should decide on abortion law in the North

Talks extended into Thursday morning but there was no breakthrough ahead of today’s deadline. Photograph: PA

Negotiations on power-sharing allowed to continue despite 4pm deadline passing

DUP negotiator Edwin Poots  speaks to members of the media in the grounds of Stormont Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland,  June 28th, 2017. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Irish, British Ministers trying to persuade DUP and Sinn Féin to make deal by 4pm deadline

Sinn Féin’s  Declan Kearney, Gerry Adams and Niall O Donnghaile at Stormont. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Negotiations continue at Stormont ahead of Thursday’s deadline

Colum Eastwood and  members of the SDLP after talks at  Downing Street. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s rise led to disastrous election for party and there is no sign of ‘reboot’ plan

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she was ‘delighted’ with the package she secured from Theresa May in return for her party supporting the British Conservative government. Photograph: Getty Images

Agreement provides hundreds of millions for infrastructure, health, education, broadband and deprived areas

PM Theresa May  stands next to DUP leader Arlene Foster  as Jeffrey Donaldson and  Gavin Williamson sign agreement. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: Agreement on forming Executive crucial if spending power to stay in North

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May (L), greets Arlene Foster of the DUP in Downing Street. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

£1bn DUP-Conservative deal leads to calls for funding boosts in Wales and Scotland

British prime minister Theresa May, meets  DUP leader Arlene Foster, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson outside 10 Downing Street  ahead of talks. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Foster says an extra funding will be allocated to Northern Ireland over the next two years

Gary Haggarty: he agreed in 2010 to give evidence against up to 14 of his former UVF colleagues and two of his former police handlers.  Photograph: Pacemaker

Life sentence likely to be reduced due to loyalist ex-commander’s ‘supergrass’ role

Aaron Harbinson (centre), son of Gary Haggarty’s victim John Harbinson outside Belfast Crown Court following the UVF man’s guilty pleas to over two hundred terrorism charges including five murders.

Ex-UVF commander pleaded guilty to the five murders committed between 1994 and 1997

The Queen’s Speech on Wednesday referred to “delivering on the armed forces covenant across the United Kingdom” - something that Sinn Féin are opposed to in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

Conservatives’ concentration on deal with DUP undermining prospects in North

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood:  said the DUP-Conservative  talks were undermining the Stormont negotiations. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

DUP seeking agreement with Theresa May’s Conservatives worth at least £2bn

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly  speaking   at Stormont Castle  on Tuesday  about the  talks  to restore  the North’s Assembly. Photograph:   Jonathan Porter/

DUP tells Conservatives that it ‘must not be taken for granted’

Small Blue Butterfly found in Co Fermanagh.

Cupido minimus is Northern Ireland’s rarest and most endangered butterfly

Northern  Secretary  James Brokenshire and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, at Stormont. Photograph: Simon Graham/NOI/PA Wire

New Minister for Foreign Affairs at Stormont for talks aimed at restoring Northern Executive and Assembly

Dara Calleary: Fianna Fáil cannot understand why Fine Gael is so determined to undermine the judiciary

Fianna Fáil question why Fine Gael has gone ahead with 'arrogant' appointment

 Theresa May in a unionist band: The DUP has seen itself  mocked in  tweets, news websites and cartoons

Many in the DUP are not finely attuned to modern PC but they are true to themselves

The commission is to investigate decisions made by the department which was run by DUP minister Paul Givan.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Equality Commission also examining community halls grant programme

British prime minister Theresa May: meeting with Northern parties will  try to advance the prospects of reinstating the Northern Executive and Assembly. Photograph:  Leon Neal/Getty Images

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire reaffirms June 29th deadline for Assembly deal

Arlene Foster and Theresa May: talks between the DUP and British PM are expected to see the party support the Conservatives to form a government. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire

Stick to Belfast Agreement as London, Stormont talks continue - Flanagan

The tone of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams’s  press conference appeared conciliatory.  Photograph: Reuters

Gerry Adams says DUP-Conservative deal would be ‘coalition for chaos’

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Conservative leader Theresa May. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire

Uncertainty over whether Brokenshire will attend as UK election result clouds picture

Former SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell, who lost his seat after last week’s election, at the Titanic exhibition count centre in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former deputy leader Seamus Mallon says ‘there is more to politics than power’

A delighted DUP leader Arlene Foster at the Belfast Count Centre supporting MP Gavin Robinson who was elected in East Belfast. Photograph: Alan Lewis/

Theresa May’s words about ‘strong relationship’ with DUP must be music to Foster’s ears

DUP leader Arlene Foster (centre) with MPs at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast after British prime minister Theresa May  announced that she will work with “friends and allies” in the DUP to enable her to lead a government.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

DUP soared ahead, with 53,400 votes more than Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill (centre), with newly elected Sinn Fein MP for West Tyrone Barry McElduff MP (left) and newly elected MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew (right), at the Omagh Leisure Complex, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Analysis: DUP hand strengthened ahead of UK Brexit negotiations as Tories fail to get overall majority

Alliance Party candidate for Belfast West Sorcha Eastwood – with her husband, Dale Shirlow –  at a polling station in Lisburn on their wedding day. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

DUP and Sinn Féin make major gains at expense of SDLP and Ulster Unionists

The Continuity IRA  said  a ‘small amount of arms and explosive material’ it possessed would be decommissioned. Photograph: PA.

Some scepticism about comments as group has split into several factions in recent years

 Duncan McCausland: one of a group of nine people, which also includes former chief constable of West Yorkshire Police Mark Gilmore, expected to take a case against the PSNI. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nine people expected to seek damages from force over inquiry into alleged corruption

Alliance candidate for West Belfast Sorcha Eastwood casts her vote in the 2017 General Election, with her husband, Dale Shirlow, in tow. Photograph: PA

Governments await result to weigh prospect of reinstating the Executive and Assembly

Theresa May called a snap election in April as she faced Brexit negotiations. File photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

British prime minister to reshuffle cabinet posts following general election losses

Arlene Foster has urged unionists to rally behind the DUP to demonstrate to Sinn Féin that there is little or no prospect of a referendum on unity succeeding. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Big focus will be on performance of DUP and Sinn Féin

Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill and Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swann debating on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Five main Northern Ireland political parties battle it out on BBC ahead of Thursday’s vote

Election posters for Michelle Gildernew of Sinn Féin and Tom Elliott of the UUP. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Tom Elliott was a surprise victor in 2015, but Michelle Gildernew should have the edge

Alliance leader Naomi Long and DUP Deputy leader Nigel Dodds at UTV Studios on Monday for the Westminster Election Debate. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Group with backing of UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando warns unionists against voting for Alliance

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) candidate Emma Little-Pengelly campaigning for the upcoming election in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

South Belfast: Emma Little-Pengelly is a talent but Alasdair McDonnell won’t go quietly

Seamus Ruddy: abducted from Paris and murdered by the INLA in 1985

‘Disappeared’ victim who went missing in 1985 to be buried alongside parents in Newry

Naomi Long (Alliance), Nigel Dodds (DUP), Robin Swan (UUP), Michelle O’Neill (Sinn Féin) and Colum Eastwood (SDLP) at UTV Studios in Belfast for the Westminster election debate. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Westminster polls will be good for DUP and Sinn Féin, but bad for middle ground

Naomi Long, Alliance;  Nigel Dodds, DUP;  Robin Swan, UUP;  Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Féin, and  Colum Eastwood, SDLP at UTV Studios in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Brexit, Irish unity, and IRA and UDA violence feature as North’s politicians pitch to voters

Rev Dr Noble McNeely, who was installed as the new moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland on Monday. “Being a disciple of Jesus in the modern world of today is growing more and more difficult and intimidating,” he said.

Dr Noble McNeely says being a Christian is growing ‘difficult and intimidating’

 Prof Patrick Johnston, who was in his late 50s,  took over as president and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University in 2014. File photograph: Alan Betson

Prof Patrick Johnston was leading cancer expert who wanted to make Belfast college international powerhouse

Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann.Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire.

Sinn Féin to blame for ‘outrageous’ failure to appoint new NI executive, Robin Swann says

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long at the launch of its manifesto on Wednesday: wasn’t putting much store by polls which indicated the possibility of a hung British parliament. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Alliance leader says it would be ‘reckless’ to hold Border poll on united Ireland

DUP leader Arlene Foster spoke about how “polls come and go” while deputy leader Nigel Dodds took the latest polling with a “great pinch of salt”. Above, at the Democratic Unionist Party election manifesto launch. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

‘Sinn Féin will face the irritation of being pressed on why it refuses to sit in a parliament which will decide the ultimate shape(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Unionist leader says Westminster poll more about future of the union than devolution

Jim Wells’s deleted tweet: “Many complaints about Sinn Féin canvassing in Rathfriland yesterday,” the DUP politician wrote. “They are not welcome in this Unionist town.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gildernew rejects ‘no-go areas’ after Jim Wells says party isn’t welcome in Rathfriland

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood during the launch of the party’s election manifesto at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘DUP seat will only add to Tory numbers – a Sinn Féin seat won’t even get counted’ – Colum Eastwood

Castlewellan plane crash: the PSNI said the aircraft’s occupants were treated in the forest park. Photograph: Simon Brown/Getty

Two occupants were able to walk away from plane at Castlewellan

The Catholic primate, Archbishop Eamon Martin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Voters have a ‘moral duty’ to weigh up the issues at stake in Westminster election

The murder is being linked to a long-running feud between two different factions of the Ulster Defence Association. Photograph: PA Wire

Victim shot up to six times in supermarket car park seconds after his son (3) in his arms

North Belfast: Sinn Féin candidate John Finucane and DUP contender Nigel Dodds have been deeply affected by the North’s Troubles. Photographs PA

DUP’s MP favourite to retain North Belfast seat held since 2001 and defeat SF candidate

Green Party leader in Northern Ireland Steven Agnew  said that after the negotiations are concluded it must remain possible for the UK to reverse its Brexit decision. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Option to remain in the EU must remain on table, says Northern Ireland leader Steven Agnew

A boy is in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast following a suspected hazardous waste incident at a bonfire site near the Shankill. Image: Google Street View

Police investigating if child came into contact with ‘drums containing unknown substances’

The Northern Ireland RHI system was flawed becaus there was no cap placed on usage of the boilers while grants were overgenerous.  File photograph: Getty

Companies and individuals received more than £62 million in Renewable Heat Incentive scheme

The scene at Manchester Royal Infirmary as the death toll from the Manchester bomb attack rose to 22 with 59 injured. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

‘Heartbreaking act of barbarism’: Northern Irish politicians condemn suicide bombing

In recent years dozens of birds such as buzzards, red kite and peregrines (above) have been killed in Northern Ireland.

Police take all crimes seriously including shooting, poisoning or trapping of wildlife

Sinn Fein’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill with party leader Gerry Adams and Michelle Gildernew during the launch of the Sinn Fein 2017 Westminster Manifesto in Co Tyrone. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Féin announces manifesto that focuses on designated status for NI during Brexit

The PSNI is carrying out an investigation into the death of a 15-year-old girl in Co Armagh on Saturday. File photograph: Getty Images

The 15-year-old is believed to have died after an incident in Portadown woodland

In a reference to Sinn Féin Northern leader Michelle  O’Neill’s hair, a Church of Ireland rector said it was better that peroxide would be used for hair-colouring rather than bomb-making. Photograph: PA

Party calls for DUP and UUP to distance themselves from remarks about Michelle O’Neill

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood at the launch of his party’s Westminster  election campaign at the Newcastle Centre, in Co Down. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

SDLP leader says Northern electorate caught in a ‘toxic mix of anger and fatigue’

Northern Ireland’s  soon-to-depart director of public prosecutions Barra McGrory QC:  said dealing with the past will be a continuing “difficulty” for any DPP in Northern Ireland.   Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Handling of cases such as Bloody Sunday, Stakeknife and Gary Haggarty awaits

Northern Ireland’s director of public prosecutions Barra McGrory QC.  Photo: Gerry Moriarty

Says decision not prompted by criticism of his prosecution of former British soldiers

Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: The DUP spent three times more on a Brexit newspaper ad than they did on May’s Assembly election. Photograph: PA

Party received £425,000 to support Leave side in British EU referendum

“The investigation is at an early stage and we are working to establish how old the items are and whether this find is linked to historic terrorist activity,” PSNI Insp Leslie Badger said.

PSNI suspect devices and gun parts date to Troubles

 Former SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie: the political landscape in South Down is much changed since  the 2015 Westminster  election – Sinn Féin made considerable gains in the constituency in March’s Assembly election. Photograph: Eric Luke

UK elections present opportunity for Sinn Féin as Margaret Ritchie looks to unionists

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