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/

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/

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’

Raymond McCartney, Martin McGuinness, Maeve McLaughlin and Caitríona Ruane pictured in Derry after the launch of Sinn Fein’s election manifesto. Photograph: Pacemaker.

McGuinness may be back but the SDLPis determined to hold its three seats

Widow Joanne McGibbon (centre) with her daughters Michaela and Seana and Fr Gary Donegan (extreme right) joins members of the public at a vigil in the grounds of Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne, in memory of  taxi driver and father-of-four Michael McGibbon, who was shot dead in North Belfast at the weekend. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Dark underbelly of Northern Ireland society includes punishment attacks and evictions

Migrants and refugees  arrive on the islan of Kos, Greece. A second group of Syrian refugees is being flown  into Northern Ireland as part of the British government’s vulnerable persons’ relocation scheme. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

First refugees who arrived in December have settled well into Belfast

 Carrie Twomey and her husband Anthony McIntyre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

British government seeks access to taped interview by former IRA prisoner

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, vice-president Mary Lou McDonald and First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness at the party ardfheis at the Convention Centre Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Analysis: There may be lingering deflationwithin party at not winning more Dáil seats

Martina Anderson: “Republicans are planning for and preparing for reunification. We are organising our constituencies across Ireland to plan, to strategise and to shape the new Ireland that will emerge.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

SF MEP and ex-IRA prisoner says republicans fought ‘incredible war’ against British

Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. File Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

‘Agreed Ireland’ is possible, says Martin McGuinness using language of John Hume

Northern Ireland Green Party leader Steven Agnew pledged at the party’s election manifesto launch to ‘bring about an end to the waste of money, time and opportunity at Stormont’. Photograph: Green Party NI website.

Party competing in all of North’s 18 constituencies and hopes to win at least three seats

Family and friends attend the funeral of Michael McGibbon at  the Holy Cross church in Belfast today. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

No one has right to act as ‘judge, jury and executioner’, Michael McGibbon funeral told

US writer Marilynne Robinson. File photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

US novelist speaks on faith and American presidential race during visit to Belfast

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Fermanagh and South Tyrone – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Four-candidate ticket could ultimately back-fire on Sinn Féin

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including West Tyrone – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

More party infighting could result in Daniel McCrossan not holding party seat

David Ford of the Alliance Party said he had no plans to stand down as leader. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Alliance leader David Ford says party aiming for 11 seats in Northern Ireland election

Michael McGibbon was shot in an alleyway at Butler Place close to Elmfield Street, near the Crumlin Road in north Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Fr Gary Donegan: “It was like watching that movie High Noon, the countdown to the showdown’

Sr Clare Theresa Crockett, from Derry, who was teaching guitar at the school when the earthquake struck. Photograph: Home of the Mother/PA Wire

Sr Clare Theresa Crockett (33) was trying to bring others to safety at school in Playa Prieta

It is estimated that more than 1,000 people died during the Belfast Blitz. Photograph: Belfast Telegraph

Unionists blamed South for not being ‘blacked out’ on night of bombing in 1941

Belfast West candidates: Alex Attwood (SDLP);  Conor Campbell (Workers’ Party);  Gerry Carroll (PBP);  Jemima Higgins (Alliance);  Gareth Thomas Martin (UUP);  Alex Maskey (Sinn Féin);  Fra McCann (Sinn Féin);  Jennifer McCann (Sinn Féin);  Rosie McCorley (Sinn Féin);  Frank McCoubrey (DUP);  Ellen Murray (Greens);  Pat Sheehan (Sinn Féin).

Ellen Murray first transgender person to stand for election in North

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast North – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

DUP’s three seats under pressure from UUP, Alliance and PUP

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including North Antrim – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

DUP likely to maintain dominance in constituency long associated with the Paisleys

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt speaks during the launch of his party’s Assembly election manifesto at the Park Avenue Hotel in east Belfast,  April 14th, 2016. Mr Nesbitt accused the DUP and Sinn Féin of “arrogance” for portraying the battle to secure the next first ministerial role as a two-horse race. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

UUP chief takes issue with Arlene Foster saying Martin McGuinness could lead Stormont

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast South – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Deepest enmity between the DUP and one of its former leading lights – Ruth Patterson

The  debate between Northern Ireland’s five main parties – UUP’s Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP’s Arlene Foster, Alliance Party’s David Ford and the SDLP’s Colum Eastwood. (UTV presenter Marc Mallett is facing away from the camera). Photograph: Arthur Allison

Participants asked which actor they would wish to portray them

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister has criticised the DUP during the launch of his party’s manifesto launch. File photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire

Traditional Unionist Voice leader criticises rival party during manifesto launch

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast East – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Return of Naomi Long could pave way for future leadership bid

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including East Antrim – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Sinn Féin face big battle to hold seat, while DUP may feel loss of Sammy Wilson

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Northern Irish parties parade new leaders as DUP stirs voting jitters ahead of May vote

The Northern Ireland team observe a minute’s silence for the Buncrana Pier  victims. Photograph: Kevin Scott/Presseye/Inpho

Team no longer linked with sectarianism as it eyes first tournament in 30 years

Kingsmill survivor Alan Black: “You would want to ease your own conscience before passing on.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Inquests into IRA murders of 10 Protestant workers 40 years ago to begin next month

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster launching  her party’s  manifesto for the Northen Ireland Assembly election at   the Spectrum Centre, Belfast on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire.

DUP warn shredding of unionist vote could hand victory to Sinn Féin in Assembly election

Kincora Boys’ Home, where several children were sexually abused between the late 1950s and 1980s. Photograph: Pacemaker

NSPCC and Amnesty call for investigation into ‘bewildering’ case of Dr Morris Fraser

President Michael D Higgins at the opening of the new visitor centre in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michael D Higgins did not ‘want to become embroiled in matters of political controversy’

Members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement on parade in Creggan Cemetery during a centenary commemoration of the  1916  Easter Rising in Derry, Easter Monday 2016. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

First Minister: ‘I want to see these people behind bars. No place for masked men’ in NI

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaks at the Sinn Fein 1916 commemoration at Milltown Cemetery, Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Féin president marches in Easter Rising commemorative parade in west Belfast

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