Speakers Conor Brady, Josephine Feehily, Jim O’Callaghan  and Robert Olsen  at Glenties. Photograph: North West Newspix

Restructure could free up 1,500 gardaí, head of inspectorate tells MacGill Summer School

Heather Humphreys said she did “not believe it is feasible to simply promote the development of cities and large urban areas, while rural areas are left to decline”. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Heather Humphreys tells MacGill Summer School of ‘action plan for rural Ireland’

 Prof. Alan Barrett, ESRI economist and director:   “If people remain in the workforce for longer, this would have positive impacts on national output.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

ESRI director says older people working longer need not mean fewer jobs for young

The Minister for Health told the MacGill Summer School that “we need to stop running the health service based on election cycles”. Photographs: Reuters

McGill Summer School: Simon Harris says health staff fed up with piecemeal reform

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said he intends to link social welfare rates to the cost of living or average earning to ensure that people dependent on the payments do not see their standard of living fall in the future.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister tells MacGill School impact of economic collapse worse than any statistics can show

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: when he said Ireland was a special case, he signalled we did not “recognise the urgency” with which environmental action is required, said Senator Grace O’Sullivan. Photograph: Stephen Collins

Grace O’Sullivan says Ireland has failed to tackle climate change

Director general of Europol Rob Wainwright:  “Highly challenging” environment for the security services. Photograph: North West Newspix

Director general of Europol tells MacGill Summer School Islamic State in decline

Brendan Halligan, chairman and  founder of the Institute of International and European Affairs: “Courage” required to implement the Hume proposal. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Brendan Halligan says time to consider John Hume’s ‘condominium’ proposal for NI

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

SDLP leader says NI membership of European Union must not be altered

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe: “Money will only follow the services and the projects that are worthy of funding.” Photograph: North West Newspix

Minister for Public Expenditure tells MacGill School Government will pursue value for money

Tom Parlon called for an independent commission to focus on improved infrastructure .Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Construction Industry Federation chief Tom Parlon calls for EU to relax spending rules

At the MacGill Summer School, CSO director general Padraig Dalton said:   ‘GDP and GNP, although required internationally, no longer provide a sufficient understanding of the domestic economy.’ Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Director general says GDP figures, leading to ‘leprechaun economics’ claims, compiled correctly

“If you are a Trotskyist revolutionary this issue is brilliant,” Green Party leader Eamon Ryan told the MacGill Summer School

Green Party leader tells MacGill Summer School militant left exploited water issue

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has said it is ‘quite possible’ that Gerry Adams will no longer be party leader in five years’ time. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Regina Doherty also claims she is a ‘loyal supporter’ of Enda Kenny at MacGill event

 Undated handout photo issued by the PSNI of Joanne Thompson, who was found by a relative at her home in Newtownards on Wednesday morning. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

Detectives examining possible link to events at an Eleventh Night bonfire

James Brokenshire, who campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU, replaces Theresa Villiers as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Villiers’s replacement a close ally of Theresa May having worked with her in home office

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: “All my relevant interests are declared; and rules regarding gifts and hospitality are adhered to. I am satisfied that I am fully compliant with the code”

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir previously stood down as media group director to ‘focus on ministerial job’

 Stephen Gethins told an SDLP Brexit forum in Belfast the decision of the majority in Northern Ireland and Scotland to stay in the EU must be respected as much as the decision of those in England and Wales to quit. File photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Scottish National Party MP Stephen Gethins says vote of both countries must be respected

Lance Corporal Ian Malone served in the Ist Battalion of the Irish Guards.

Ballyfermot mother used visit to her late son’s regiment to condemn Iraq war

Steve Aiken, now an Ulster Unionist MLA for South Antrim, was a commander in the British Royal Navy and was involved in the planning for the invasion of Iraq. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘You watch your comrades being killed for something that never should have happened’

Carole Daly and Hollie Lewis: the scientific officers were awarded £25,000 and £22,500 respectively. Photograph: PA

Women scientific officers told male officer on same grade was the ‘top dog’

“If there is any attempt to construct a hard Border I think the passions are so high that the people will pull it down.” Cars crossing between Co Derry and the Republic. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Derry figure Denis Bradley says nationalists don’t believe hard Border will ever return

Bernadette McAliskey: the lifelong republican and socialist was conflicted about how to vote in EU referendum but went for Remain based on practical reasons. Photograph: Paula Geraghty

Immigrants in Dungannon are very concerned about what might change and when

“It’s like Margaret Thatcher. She got rid of the miners, the dockers, you name it, and they still voted her back in again”

Brexit result not hugely occupying people’s minds on either side of sectarian divide in north Belfast

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “The central plank of our negotiations will be the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland and the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Charlie Flanagan holds talks with NI leaders and says State hope to avoid Border controls

Queen Elizabeth  and the   Duke of Edinburgh travel by steam train along the north Antrim coast from Coleraine to Bellarena, on the second day of her visit to Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth keeps her counsel as she visits North Antrim constituency

Arlene Foster: ‘The priority of the Executive will be to ensure that Northern Ireland’s interests are protected and advanced and that new opportunities are developed as part of any new arrangements,’ she said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Northern Ireland Executive begins to draw up plans to deal with withdrawal from EU

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Hillsborough Castle. The British monarch starts a two-day visit to the province. Photograph: Getty Images

Monarch holds separate meetings with DUP’s Arlene Foster and SF’s McGuinness

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams give their reaction to the EU referendum vote at a press conference outside Stormont Castle. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Landscape different following vote to leave and effects could change opinion on UK

Sir Patrick Mayhew (centre) photographed in 1996 as he launched the new Bar Library Directory at Belfast High Court with Sir Brian Hutton, Lord Chief Justice (right) and Eugene Grant, Chairman General Council of the Bar in 1996. Photograph: Brian Little/PA

Mayhew was the longest-serving secretary of state for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland fans cheer during the Euro 2016 round of sixteen football match Wales vs Northern Ireland at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Photo: Getty Images

Green and White Army made name for themselves with raucous noise through campaign

Northern Ireland fans: Green and white Army ready to cheer on the side against Wales. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Defeat to mean mass exit by fans from Euro 2016 – a benign version of the fall of Saigon

Northern Secretary and Leave campaigner Theresa Villiers said there was “no appetite” for a Border poll. Photograph: AFP

Taoiseach lukewarm on notion of a referendum on a united Ireland

First Minister Arlene Foster: she says opinion polls indicate there is no appetite for a Border poll

Anxiety over jobs, investment, tariffs and Border controls

Northern Ireland Secretary, and pro-Brexit campaigner Theresa Villiers has tried to reassure people that cross-Border trade will not be damaged by Brexit. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Despite assurances, concerns remain about impact on farming, politics and security

Martin McGuinness: British government has forfeited any mandate to represent the economic or political interests of the people

Arlene Foster welcomes result, says Martin McGuinness being opportunistic over poll

Arlene Foster: tweeted  “Well done Rep of Ireland. My goodness what a result!”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Northern fans scramble to make way to Paris for big last 16 game at Parc des Princes

Northern Ireland fans  in Paris ahead of their Euro 2016 match against  Germany. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit less imortant for many than securing tickets – and permission – to go to next game

Thousands of Northern Ireland football fans watching the Euros 2016  match against  Germany at the Titanic Euros “fan zone” in Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Alan Lewis/PhotopressBelfast.co.uk

Green and White Army marches to last 16 as one of best four third-placed sides

Gary Lenaghan, from Shankill, Belfast, said Republic of Ireland supporters remembering Northern Ireland fan Darren Rodgers, who died in Nice, was noted and appreciated. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Draw with Germany would almost certainly guarantee passage into knock-out phase

In Lyon, they couldn’t resist humming the oddly mesmerising “Go Gareth McAuley, Go Gareth McAuley”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Green and White Army are singing their way to Paris, but not all the songs make sense

Soccer fan Robert Rainey, known as “Archie”, who died during Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 match against Ukraine in Lyon on Thursday.

Manager Michael O’Neill offers sympathy to family of Robert Rainey who died on Thursday

Kate Turner and her brother Justin, who was declared official fan of the match during Northern Ireland’s 2-0 victory over Ukraine. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty.

Euro 2016 is bittersweet for Kate and Justin as they cheer on both North and Republic

 Gareth McAuley is mobbed by teammates after scoring his side’s first goal against Ukraine in Lyon. Photograph: PA

Even thunderclaps could not compete with the roar when Northern Ireland scored

Gareth McAuley of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the Group C game against Ukraine. Photograph: EPA

Memorable Northern Ireland tournament victory rekindles fighting spirit of 1982

Heroic effort: retired Ireland rugby international Stephen Ferris near Place Bellecour in Lyon: “Go out and have a go, and you never know what might happen. That’s what the fans want.” Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Forget Joyce. As NI face Ukraine, Beckett’s maxim ‘try again, fail again, fail better’ applies

Northern Ireland fans at the Stade de Nice on Sunday. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

‘I am in love in Ireland. And I love Belfast too. Northern Ireland is a beautiful place’

The promenade in Nice overlooking Castel beach where  Darren Rodgers, from Ballymena, Co Antrim, fell to his death early on Monday morning. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill urged fans to “look after each other” on Thursday. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Tributes pour in for Darren Rodgers (24), who died after fall from promenade

A message attached to flowers are left close to the scene where Darren Rodgers, from Ballymena, died after a fall in Nice in France. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Darren Rodgers (24) died after falling from a promenade onto a rocky beach in Nice

Northern Ireland and Poland supporters cheer together after the Euro 2016 l match, Poland vs Northern Ireland, in Nice on Sunday.  Poland won 1-0.  Photograph: Jean Christophe Magnenet/AFP/Getty Images

Amid heavy security in Nice, Northern Irish and Polish fans mix together well

A Police Service of Northen Ireland officer with a gendarmerie in Nice, France. There was some minor overnight trouble in the city  involving a small number of Northern Ireland fans ahead of the Group C game between the North and Poland at the Stade de Nice on Sunday evening. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire.

PSNI officer in southern French city blames local troublemakers for inciting incident

 Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough and Ian Thompson at a bakery in Saint-Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their Euro 2016 opener. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Between 25,000 and 40,000 fans have followed Michael O’Neill’s side to tournament

Cover of Christine Hamill’s novel The Best Medicine.

Harry Hill likes mother’s funny novel on unfunny subject of cancer which features him

First Minister Arlene Foster said strategy would be devised on the panel’s recommendations.

Foster says “action plan” will be in place by end of month

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said those who wish to see a united Ireland should be “open, imaginative and accommodating” in their approach to bringing it about. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin MEP repeats call for vote on unification in event of British exit from EU

Chancellor George Osborne meets workers during a visit to Warrenpoint Harbour in Co Down, where he warned that Brexit would trigger a “profound economic shock” in Northern Ireland and result in an inevitable hardening of the Irish border. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Border controls would see businesses trade directly with Republic– British chancellor

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne says Brexit will lead to an “inevitable” hardening of the Border. Photograph:  Ben Birchall/PA

British chancellor warns EU exit would have ‘negative spillover effect’ in Republic

John O’Doherty from the Rainbow Project with the North’s Minister for Health Michelle O’Neill: “My first responsibility is patient safety.” Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Executive agrees with removal so decision now unlikely to be challenged by DUP

The ban on gay men donating blood was introduced as a result of the 1980s Aids crisis. It was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in 2011. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Lifetime ban will be formally removed on September 1st, says Minister

PSNI says it is investigating a ‘hate element’ to incident on Wednesday morning

The SDLP’s  Alex Attwood: “The resistance by those in the state and illegal groups who resist truth and are threatened by accountability must not prevail.” Photograph: Matt Bohill

SDLP says finding the truth must be ‘non-negotiable’

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister said the concern over the Nama sale “touches on the credibility” of the finance committee

North’s Department of Finance to be asked to provide additional documentation

The former Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast, Northern Ireland. An inquiry into historical child sex abuse in Northern Ireland has begun examining allegations relating to the Home. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Claim that children in boys’ home were abused and prostituted to facilitate security services to be investigated

Clint Massey, who alleges he was abused by staff of Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast when he was a resident in 1973. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Inquiry chairman says organisations such as MI5, MI6 and RUC will be investigated

File photo of the former Kincora Boys’ Home on the Upper Newtonards Road, Belfast. A long-running public inquiry has reconvened into allegations of abuse there in the 1970s and 1980s. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Claim that children in Kincora were ‘abused and prostituted’ for security reasons to be investigated

 Northern Ireland fans during their friendly victory over Belarus at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Supporters at tournament in France will be able to make use of special ‘static embassies’

Éirígí national chairman Brian Leeson said one reason Éirígí  supported Brexit because the EU was “very much anchored in neo-liberal policies such as privatisation and austerity and programmes that have been enforced on countries such as Greece and Spain”.  File photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Éirígí chairman acknowledges move puts party in same camp as DUP, Ukip and TUV

Northern Ireland  fans during the Euro 2016 qualifying match against Finland in October. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

PSNI also sending delegation to liaise with French police in effort to minimise trouble

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

Virtually all power at Stormont is now in the hands of the DUP and Sinn Féin

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

Appointment of 29-year-old East Derry MLA allows Executive to be formed

Anthony McIntyre and his wife Carrie Twomey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Historian was involved in interviewing 26 republicans as part of project

 Pat Lam: ‘We must make the most of the day. You can’t come off with regrets.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht head coach predicts good contest between an attacking and a defensive team

Martin McGuinness: announced four Sinn Féin Assembly members yesterday, including one junior minister, who will join him in the Northern Executive. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye /PA Wire

Martin McGuinness confident issue of selecting minister of justice will be settled

The Prince of Wales meets a group of Lambeg Drummers during a visit to the Orange Order heritage museum in Loughgall, Co Antrim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Heir to British throne is on a three day visit to Ireland with his wife Camilla

A woman holds abortion pills during a protest about reproductive rights in Dublin. The PSNI is preparing a report for the North’s Public Prosecution Service after three women went to Strand Road police station in Derry saying they had illegally procured abortion pills.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Pensioners go to station in Derry to say they acquired tablets for women afraid to do so

Lorna Moore has been jailed in England over plans to raise her children in Syria under the Islamic State. Photograph: West Midlands Police/PA Wire

Noel Moore says his daughter Lorna did not know her husband was joining Islamic State

Arlene Foster: “When I am asked to articulate the significance of a woman being Northern Ireland’s First Minister, I am often reminded of Margaret Thatcher [above] who famously remarked, ‘If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman’.” File photograph: PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s First Minister gives Harri Holkeri lecture on women and peace-building

 Prince Charles and Camilla plant an oak tree at a welcome reception at National University of Ireland Galway on May 19th, 2015 on a previous official trip by the couple. File photograph: Brian Lawless/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Couple will visit tweed firm Magee’s in Donegal Town before heading to Letterkenny IT

 Stop the Drill activists campaign in recent days against an oil drilling operation at Woodburn Forest in Carrickfergus,  Co Antrim.  Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast.co.uk

Stop the Drill protesters warn works could cause damage despite NI Water assurances

Alliance leader David Ford said the ‘negative DUP and Sinn Féin response to Alliance’s proposals’ for the programme for government ‘left the party leadership with no choice but to not nominate a Minister’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

SDLP announces party is entering formal opposition

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has expressed confidence that Irish people working in Britain will not be disadvantaged by changes to the British benefits system should the UK vote to remain in the European Union. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Minister for Foreign Affairs says ‘credibility of EU’ would be damaged by UK departure

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt is leading his party into Opposition.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Pressure now on SDLP leader to decide whether to remain in Northern Executive or enter Opposition

Delivery man Dan Murray:  was killed on Monday night after being lured by bogus call. Photograph: Pacemaker

Police investigating whether two Belfast shootings were ‘personal grudge’ attacks

Theresa May told MPs  that the dissident threat in Britain has increased from moderate to substantial, meaning an attack in England, Scotland or Wales is a “strong possibility”. Photograph:  PA Wire

British home secretary raises threat level from moderate to substantial following killing

Arlene Foster and her Assembly team outside Stormont. The 108-member Northern Assembly is due to meet on Thursday to re-elect Foster  First Minister and Martin McGuinness Deputy First Minister. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Politicians claim DUP and Sinn Féin have already decided on programme for government

In a lecture at Queen’s University on Monday night, former Fine Gael minister and now European Commissioner Phil Hogan said while agriculture has not featured prominently in the Brexit referendum debate, it was of critical importance to Northern Ireland. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Were it not for EU assistance, many farms would struggle to survive’ says Commissioner

Basil Blackshaw. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey

Celebrated Co Antrim painter described as man who was rooted in rural life

First Minister Arlene Foster (DUP) speaking at The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre. Photograph: John McVitty/Press Eye

Martin McGuinness blames loss of SF seat on instability and UK’s austerity policies

Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit - left) and Jim Allister (Traditional Unionist Voice) are two pugnacious politicians and speakers. From the left and right, the naughty corner will be naughtier and noisier this time around. File photographs: PA Wire

Presence of pugnacious Eamonn McCann and Jim Allister will mean noisier executive

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

Sinn Féin also mulling over whether to first opt for economy portfolio

Bundes of ballot papers for Anna McCloskey (Independent), Martin McGuinness and Meave McLaughlin, (both Sinn Féin) at the Foyle Arena in Derry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Overall, support for the two nationalist parties was down by more than 5%

DUP leader Arlene Foster with party colleagues William Humphrey, Paula Bradley, Nelson McCausland and Nigel Dodds at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, during the Assembly elections. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Minor shifts in North as smaller parties do well with SDLP and Alliance disappointed

 Martin McGuinness: “It is clear that the electorate has charged the DUP and Sinn Féin to be the lead parties in the next Assembly and Executive,” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

People Before Profit and Greens do well, while Alliance, SDLP and UUP await results

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the count in Omagh: she will be delighted with the performance of her party. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sinn Féin on course to remain second largest party in North after posting solid performance

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster arrives with Paul Robinson to cast their votes at Brookeborough Primary School in Enniskillen. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Low turnout below 60% expected as smaller parties and Independents look to make gains

 Stephen Travers, bass player, Brian Maguire, road manager, Des Lee, saxophone player and Ray Miller, drummer, of the original Miami Showband, at a wreath-laying ceremony organised by at Parnell Square, Dublin, last August. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Troubles victim says those in South and Britain know little of enduring suffering

DUP leader Arlene Foster said: “The role of First Minister has huge symbolic significance at home and abroad.” File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader casts Northern election as contest with Sinn Féin for office of First Minister

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

DUP showcases party chief Arlene Foster while erasing Robinson from political script

UUP’s Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP’s Arlene Foster, SDLP’s Colum Eastwood and the Alliance Party’s David Ford during the Noel Thompson-hosted election debate on BBC. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/PA

‘Mike versus Arlene, Martin versus Colum’

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