Gardaí following the fatal shooting of David Byrne (34) at the Regency Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: Dissident group was viewed as largely inactive north of the Border

Gardaí at the Regency Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

‘We are not going to stand back and allow drug dealers and criminals to target republicans’

Gerry Adams: gave warning that ceasefire was not going to last. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

British demand for prior decommissioning was ‘single most serious mistake’ made by any party involved in peace process, says form(...)

Northern Ireland has had the highest suicide rate in the UK since 2012

No obvious trends in rate in North but number of suicides in 2014 down on previous year

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company, talk to the media outside Belfast High Court where the Christian bakery owners, who were found guilty of discriminating against a gay man, are appealing against the decision. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

McArthur family’s refusal of order for cake with pro-gay marriage slogan ruled unlawful last year

Rev Frank Sellar served as minister on both sides of Border

The body of a woman was found on the east end of Tyrella Beach in Co Down shortly after 3pm by a man walking his dog. File photograph: Google Street View

Body found on east end of beach shortly after 3pm by man out walking his dog

Gay Rights activist Peter Tatchell.  File photograph: Stephen Wilson/PA Wire

‘Discrimination against people should be unlawful, not against ideas,’ says campaigner

Sinn Féin candidate for Fermanagh-South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew: Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former minister must wait to see if she will be added to Fermanagh-South Tyrone ticket

Paddy Hill (left) says “it’s a well-known fact that they had an informer in the IRA who told them shortly after the bombings that they got the wrong people. Photograph: Getty Images

Campaigner still in pursuit of truth for victims and survivors of IRA pub bombings

Game of Thrones: Line of interlinking Beech trees known on the show as the Dark Hedges were damaged by Storm Gertrude

DUP Minister to convene meeting in attempt to safeguard Dark Hedges tourist attraction

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

Number of terminations considerably lower than in recent years, Executive figures show

DUP MP for North Antrim Ian Paisley jnr said: “What part of keep out does he [Taoiseach Enda Kenny] not understand? This is a matter for the people of the UK. His intervention will be counterproductive. A fool would know that. The rush to speak should be tempered by wisdom.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ian Paisley jnr: ‘A fool would know’ Kenny’s intervention would be ‘counterproductive’

Capt Robert Nairac: on a covert operation in a pub in Dromintee in 1977 when, it is believed, his cover was blown and he was abducted, beaten, shot dead and then disappeared by the IRA

British army officer on covert operation in North when cover blown and taken by IRA

Supt Andrew Watters with PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton (centre) and Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris, at the State Funeral of Garda Tony Golden. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

George Hamilton tells human rights forum of challenge from past while policing present

PSNI superintendent David Moore said the violence was “nothing short of disgusting”. Photograph: Trevor McBride

At least one gunshot fired at police in Lurgan while assault rifle discovered in Strabane

Loyalist paramilitary leader Johnny Adair was one of the targets of the 1993 IRA bomb in Belfast. Photoghraph: Cathal McNaughton/Getty Images

NI Police Ombudsman to consider whether 1993 bombing could have been prevented

Attorney General John Larkin QC said at the time of the decision he was “profoundly disappointed”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Decision could see abortion allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest

A plaque commemorates  Shankill road bomber Thomas Begley in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was erected in 2013.  Begley died in 1993 when the bomb he was planting on the Shankill Road in Belfast exploded prematurely killing nine people and injuring more than 50. Photograph: AFP

Complainant asks if RUC had intelligence that could have prevented the 1993 bombing

A picture released by the PSNI of a police vehicle struck by a petrol bomb in Lurgan, Co Armagh on Sunday night. Photograph: PSNI via Twitter

More than 100 petrol bombs hurled as officers attacked by ‘large and aggressive crowd’

  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan held his first meeting yesterday with  Arlene Foster since she was elected Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister discusses Fresh Start agreement with Northern Secretary and party leaders

Basil Blackshaw’s portrait of Brian Friel

Antrim painter once attended exhibition wearing bag over his head

Ruth Parks: was made redundant following her return to work after maternity leave

Case of Ruth Parks supported by Northern Ireland Equality Commission

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

At 32, Derry-born successor to John Hume and Mark Durkan is charged with his party’s resurrection

First Minister Arlene Foster: moved Mervyn Storey from the Department of Social Development to finance with DUP chairman Lord (Maurice) Morrow taking over social development.

One of new Minister for Finance’s first tasks will be seeing through the budget for 2016-17

Undated handout photo issued by the PSNI of child serial killer Robert Black, who has died in prison in Northern Ireland aged 68. File photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

Scot was convicted of murders of four girls and suspected of at least one other killing

DUP  leader Arlene Foster at Stormont after becoming the new Northern Ireland First Minister.  “I don’t think a lot of people in Northern Ireland are concerned with what happened in 1916; they are more concerned with what is going to happen in 2016.” Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

New First Minister takes pride in being first woman and youngest person in leadership role

DUP leader Arlene Foster  walks past a painting of Ian Paisley at Stormont yesterday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The honeymoon period may be brief for the new First Minister with elections in May

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster (3rd L) makes her way through the Great Hall at Stormont with party colleagues  in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Image)

DUP leader takes great pride in being first woman to hold post as Peter Robinson steps down

Belfast City Hall: officials in the Football Association of Ireland  and the Irish Football Association have been invited to attend joint reception in Belfast to celebrate both teams qualifying for  Euro 2016. Photograph:  Joe Fox/Getty Images

FAI and IFA in predicament over how to respond to invitation to joint reception in Belfast

Businessman Frank Cushnahan. The committee has reportedly sent him a list of 39 questions for written reply

Businessman refuses to engage with £1.24bn Nama property portfolio inquiry

 New First Minister Arlene Foster: “Easter 1916 was a very violent attack on the state.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Incoming First Minister urged to reconsider her decision not to attend Easter Rising events in Dublin

 Arlene Foster, who will be formally  elected Northern Ireland First Minister today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

New head of party ‘will be judged on how she performs as First Minister and as leader’

Gerry Hagan, from the Rivers Agency, operates a pump near Dungannon where locals are feeling the effects of rising water levels in Lough Neagh. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Over 100 households and businesses in NI affected, while Lough Neagh rises by a metre

Two men have said they were sexually abused as children by a visiting British soldier at a residential home run by Anglican missionaries, the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry has been told.

Victims ‘just piece of meat’ to alleged abuser, North’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry hears

 Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said it is aware of the incident.

Family of Archie Tafts appeal for privacy after suffering ‘tremendous loss’

Evangelical preacher Pastor James McConnell (centre) arriving at Belfast Magistrates Court,  where he was acquitted of making grossly offensive remarks  about Islam.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Judge felt compelled to be lenient to avoid bestowing martyrdom but he wanted to rap the evangelical preacher’s knuckles

Evangelical preacher Pastor James McConnell leaving Belfast Magistrates’ Court after being found not guilty of making grossly offensive remarks about Islam. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

James McConnell claimed in sermon Muslim religion was ‘spawned in hell’

Arlene Foster said she hopes the first years of Northern Ireland’s second century can be  better than people had dared to hope for. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Martin McGuinness: Rising and Somme must be commemorated ‘respectfully’

A total of 165 people died on the State’s roads in 2015 - the second lowest number since records began.

165 people died on State’s roads in 2015, and a further 74 in the North

Stormont Finance Minister Arlene Foster. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland: Peter Robinson’s exit as leader of DUP among most significant events in 2015

Liam Clarke pictured at his home in Ballymena in June 2014. Photograph: Belfast Telegraph

Former Belfast Telegraph political editor died ‘suddenly but peacefully’

A cause of death has not been determined and a post-mortem examination is to be carried out.

Police appeal for assistance in attempt to track last movements of Padraig O’Hanlon

The scene where a teenager died on Christmas morning after two motorcycles collided on Cherry Orchard Avenue, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Man killed in Co Offaly road incident while boy (7) loses life after Co Antrim crash

Former constable Peadar Heffron lost a leg after  a booby trap bomb exploded under his car in January 2010. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Ombudsman recommends that four officers should be disciplined after constable lost leg

Charlie Flanagan: The Minister for Foreign Affairs is meeting Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers to discuss how to implement the deal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians from Dublin, Belfast, London meet to discuss issues arising from Fresh Start deal

Thomas “Slab” Murphy: got the bulk of the IRA in south Armagh over the line. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

All those involved in peace process owed debt to IRA strongman of south Armagh

 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender supporters protest at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Groups say BBC should have excluded boxer from sports personality of the year awards

 Arlene Foster,  who  succeeds Peter Robinson, at a hotel in Belfast before being elected leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Photograph: Getty Images

Next step for new DUP leader is inauguration as Northern Ireland’s First Minister in January

Arlene Foster has been elected leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, succeeding Peter Robinson, who has led the party since 2008. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Fermanagh MLA set to succeed Peter Robinson as First Minister in January

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. She is facing the threat of legal action if she does not order a full investigation into the killing of Seamus Ludlow almost 40 years ago

Relatives of murder victim unhappy with response of Frances Fitzgerald

Last month Mr Justice Mark Horner held that abortion legislation in Northern Ireland breached a human rights article in relation to fatal foetal abnormality and pregnancy as a result of sexual crime. File photograph: Getty Images

Implementing ruling on abortion through current legislation a ‘step too far’, says judge

Minister for Justice David Ford said the survey showed a “hardening of attitudes among residents living in the shadow of peace walls towards their eventual removal”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Hardening of attitudes’ to removal of Northern Ireland’s dividing walls, survey shows

Toys and cards from local school children in a welcome centre at an undisclosed location in Belfast which will provide temporary accommodation for the first group of Syrian refugees to resettle in Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA

Group of over 50 undergo security screening before being accepted on relocation scheme

Former SDLP leader Seamus Mallon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

SDLP’s Mallon and Hume shared hard times and had rows – ‘but we never fell out’

  A visit by Northern Ireland’s departing First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to the White House could involve a meeting with   vice-president Joe Biden (right), and possibly a brief greeting with  President Barack Obama. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Officials planning US visit by Robinson and McGuinness before DUP leader departs

Arlene Foster:  positions expected to be ratified by party and Assembly next Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

North’s Minister of Finance set to assume posts of First Minister and party leader

The East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has decided not to contest the leadership of the Democratic Unionist Party.

Way now clear for Arlene Foster to be formally elected leader next week

 Arlene Foster is favourite to replace Peter Robinson as First Minister. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sammy Wilson considering whether to challenge the Fermanagh MLA for the DUP leadership

The East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson is considering whether to contest the leadership of the DUP against the firm favourite for the post Arlene Foster, informed sources said on Tuesday.

Party thrown into disarray when Nigel Dodds announced on Monday he is not seeking the leadership

Nigel Dodds after retaining his north Belfast seat in the general election last May. The MP cited the difficulty of running the party from Westminster as a reason not to seek the DUP leadership. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

North Belfast MP makes surprise decision and endorses Arlene Foster as next leader

 With the withdrawal of Nigel Dodds from the DUP leadership race, there is a huge opportunity for Arlene Foster to become both First Minister and DUP leader. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Dodds’s shock announcement clears the field for Foster and Wilson

Retiring DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) with Nigel Dodds (left) and Arlene Foster. Mr Dodds has ruled himself out as next DUP leader. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

North Belfast MP says he favours Arlene Foster as favourite to succeed as DUP chief

Rescue workers pass sandbags through the windows of flooded houses in the Bruach Na hAbhainn estate in Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Clean-up begins across country after storm leaves trail of destruction

 Francie Molloy MP:  After a House of Commons vote to bomb Isis targets in Syria, he posted a tweet saying, “Brits back to what they do best. Murder.”   Photograph:  Paul Faith /AFP/Getty Images

DUP MP Gregory Campbell accuses Francie Molloy of suffering from ‘irony by-pass’

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty scores his team’s first goal against Finland, during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier at Windsor Park, Belfast in March. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ulster University report finds GAA remains outside experience of most Protestants

Jane Christie (left), whose daughter Sarah Ewart was forced to travel to England for an abortion, with Gráinne Teggart from Amnesty International on Monday. Photograph: Lesley Anne McKeown/PA

Landmark judgment applicable to cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality

NI abortion judgment: It is likely there will be more legal issues to be tested and confronted in relation to this ruling. Photograph: Getty Images

Ruling on abortion could become law without need for Assembly legislation

Mr Justice Mark Horner largely upheld a case put by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission seeking to liberalise abortion law in relation to fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime. Photograph: Getty Image

Judge finds that current legislation in breach of European Convention on Human Rights

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) brought the case to legalise abortion in cases of serious foetal malformation, rape or incest. File photograph: Getty Images

NI Attorney General is ‘profoundly disappointed’ and considering ‘grounds for appeal’

Two officers inside survive attack as several bullets hit their police vehicle

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said the Government is determined to work for a deal which helped keep the UK in the EU. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Charlie Flanagan says Government is committed to working for acceptable deal

Peter Robinson: menace, bite and presence. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Peter Robinson pays tribute to expected successors Nigel Dodds and Arlene Foster

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: ‘My successor will face the sometimes ferocious rigour of high office. It is not a task for the faint-hearted. There will be long dark nights but believe me, morning does come.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

First Minister gives final address as he prepares to step down as party leader

Northern Ireland’s finance minister Arlene Foster: did not make any comment in her speech as to whether she will seek the First Minister post. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

North’s finance minister warns against return to direct rule from London

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds: one of the possible contenders in the race to take over from Peter Robinson. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Deputy leader tells party conference outgoing First Minister ‘has delivered’

Nigel Dodds, Arlene Foster and party leader Peter Robinson  at the  annual DUP conference at the Lamon House hotel in Castlereagh on Friday. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds viewed as main contender to succeed Robinson as leader

Powersharing deal: Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin and Peter Robinson of the DUP at Stormont. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

This week’s deal puts the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly back in business

 Peter Robinson, with his wife Iris, after  winning back his East Belfast seat in 1987. Photograph: Pacemaker

First Minister and DUP leader reflects on his time in politics following his resignation

A file image of Northern Ireland First Minister and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Peter Robinson who confirmed on Thursday he is to stand down from the role and as leader of the DUP.  Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: Performing political somersaults to keep Stormont going was mortifying for him

SDLP deputy leader Fearghal McKinney (right): “Sinn Féin is doing Tory austerity – and in spades”. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

SDLP accuses party of diluting devolution by giving powers back to Westminster

First Minister Peter Robinson (right) speaks alongside Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle. Photograph: PA

Minister of Finance finds additional £77m for Northern Executive departments

Theresa Villiers and Charlie Flanagan at the conclusion of extended talks. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Deadlock on welfare broken but no deal for victims and survivors of the Troubles

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan after agreement was reached at Stormont House yesterday. Photograph: Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Latest Stormont House deal has a reasonable chance of succeeding

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan  at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

British and Irish governments announce new agreement to overcome deadlock

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson have made “great progress”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers cautions players time at hand to ‘make your mind up’

Irish Government must hold “the British government to account” over allegations UDA intelligence officer Brian Nelson was allegedly urged by his British intelligence handlers to get the UDA to launch a bombing campaign in the Republic in the late 1980s, says Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly

British agent Brian Nelson allegedly involved in plots to murder Adams and McGuinness

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers who said on Monday the Northern Ireland talks cannot go on indefinitely. Photograph: Getty

Theresa Villiers says remaining issues need to be resolved over the course of this week

Colum Eastwood: at 32, the youngest-ever leader of the SDLP and the youngest MLA in the Assembly delivered a cracking victory speech.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Colum Eastwood gives stirring speech as he takes party’s helm

Colum Eastwood with new deputy leader Fearghal McKinney. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

The 32-year-old Assembly member defeated Dr Alasdair McDonnell for top post

Colum Eastwood, who has been elected as the new  SDLP leader is seen with the   new deputy leader Fearghal McKinney at the  party’s conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday. Photograph: Pacemaker

Derry Assembly member defeats Dr Alasdair McDonnell to become sixth leader of party

Dr Alasdair McDonnell has defended his record as leader of the SDLP and said he wants to continue in the role so that the party can be ready, not just for next May’s Assembly elections, but for elections for the next 20 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

SDLP leader says Stormont seems to lurch from one crisis to another

Loyalist protestor outside Hillsborough during the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement

Chronology of attempts before and since the Anglo-Irish agreement

Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux address the 250,000 crowd at the anti Anglo-Irish rally in Belfast in 1985 where he made in infamous Never Never Never speach.

Sense of betrayal and exclusion fueled unionist rage and furious protests

Stormont’s Parliament Buildings illuminated in red. After a week of intense negotiations, British and Irish Ministers and senior Northern politicians were unable to sign off on a deal. Photograph: PA

‘Fundamental issues’ remain but Villiers remains ‘hopeful for an agreement’

The North South Ministerial Council meeting was postponed so talks at Stormont could continue. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

NSMC meeting in Armagh postponed so discussions in Belfast can ‘reach conclusion’

The thran man: Alasdair McDonnell, leader of the SDLP. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Worrying times ahead for party which is holding its annual conference this weekend

Stormont’s Parliament Buildings illuminated in red for Armistice Day on Wednesday. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA

North-South Ministerial Council meeting postponed to allow political talks continue

Kevin McDaid (49) who was beaten to death by a sectarian mob in May 2009 after a Celtic v Rangers football match. Photograph: Handout/PA Wire.

Loyalists beat Catholic man to death after watching Rangers v Celtic game in Derry

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