PSNI chief constable George Hamilton: “I’m absolutely confident that there will not be misconduct established.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Senior officers not suspended or standing down during police ombudsman’s inquiry

Former US president Bill Clinton met Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill  at George Best Belfast City Airport

Senior Sinn Féin party figures blocked leader from securing agreement, Government sources say

Former US president Bill Clinton  and DUP leader Arlene Foster wave as they leave after a meeting at a hotel on the outskirts of Belfast on October 17th, 2017. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Former US president held separate meetings with Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill in Belfast

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach warns wrong Brexit decisions threaten peace and prosperity in Ireland

Staff from the Northern Ireland Road Service close the Peace Bridge in Derry, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

18,500 homes left without power, schools forced to close and Stormont talks postponed

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British PM Theresa May discussed the latest talks setback by phone on Monday. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Two main Northern parties still incapable of ending deadlock over Irish language

Bill Clinton was due to make a surprise visit to Belfast on Monday to try to encourage the DUP and Sinn Féin to end the political deadlock. Photograph: Ludovic Marin AFP/Getty Images

British army on standby should it be required to deal with weather emergencies

Hurricane winds collapsed a stand at Turners Cross, Cork city during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork begins to assess damage as red warning remains in operation throughout the country

 Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader  Arlene Foster. Their parties  have been maintaining radio silence in terms of their talks. Photograph:   Getty Images

Analysis: Positive mood suggests Sinn Féin and DUP will strike Assembly deal

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire  said that clear differences remained between the DUP and Sinn Fein, and that a deal has not been reached despite recent progress.   Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Westminster readies to allow for Stormont reinstatement if deal reached

The PSNI have appealed to the  public to come forward if they have any details that could help the inquiry. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Three people arrested over crash in Fermanagh which PSNI believes involved two cars

Marie Conlon’s body was found by PSNI officers at her home at Larkspur Rise (general view above) in west Belfast after concerns were raised about her whereabouts. File photograph: Google Street View

PSNI detectives question man aged 23 over death of 68-year-old Marie Conlon

 Robin Newton: he issued a statement to say he had “never been appointed to any position with Charter NI”.   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Coveney says negotiations at a ‘sensitive’ stage with possibility of deal by weekend

Jackie Larkin, whose brother Gerard Brady was murdered by the Mount Vernon UVF in 1994, and Ciaran Fox, whose father Eamon Fox was also murdered  by the UVF, speaking to the press after the DPP’s decision. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Killer Gary Haggarty’s case latest in long list of failures

Former senior loyalist paramilitary turned so-called supergrass  Gary Haggarty. Photograph: Pacemaker

Evidence of loyalist paramilitary Gary Haggarty will not be used against group

Maíria Cahill, above, and two other women alleged they were sexually abused by IRA member Martin Morris when they were in their teens. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Reports assesses PPS performance in wake of its mishandling of Maíria Cahill rape claims

 Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Pat Sheehan and Caoimhe Archibald launch the party’s health document A National Health Service for a United Ireland. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/

Northern Secretary said some progress made but ‘clear differences’ remain

Arlene Foster:  “What we can’t see happening is the Gaelicisation of areas where there is no desire or demand for the Irish language.” Photograph: Getty Images

North’s two main parties trying to resolve differences over proposed Irish language act

German fans celebrate in Windsor Park. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

The local side were no match for the world champions but should still make play-offs

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, delivering the annual Parnell Commemoration Lecture and graveside oration,  at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

People of different traditions ‘can be united by our common rights’, SDLP leader says

Sinn Féin Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

With proper political will, agreement could be reached ‘in days’, says Sinn Féin NI leader

A picture given to the Duke of Cambridge for Prince George by artist Oliver Jeffers during a visit to Belfast. Photograph: Niall carson/PA Wire

Duke of Cambridge highlights efforts of mental health charity

Four Catholic families in Cantrell Close, a mixed community housing development in Belfast, have left their homes after sectarian threats. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Politicians condemn threats against Catholic families

PSNI officer “John” who in the past year learned that dissidents knew where he lived and that there was a real and immediate threat to him, his wife and three children. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Forced from their home, a PSNI officer describes the ordeal he and his family face

The number of PSNI officers forced from their homes this year is three. Photograph: Trevor McBride

The effects on officers and their families can be psychological and also financial

Malachi O’Doherty signing copies of his book Gerry Adams – An Unauthorised Life. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Malachi O’Doherty says Sinn Féin leader one of world’s most successful politicians

David Davis:  The sparring between Mr Davis and Michel Barnier reminds Belfast-based lawyer Brett Lockhart  of two bar-library QCs engaging in negotiation well in advance of a complicated trial. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Business in North is sluggish, while jobs are being lost due to lack of clarity and coherence

Former northern  secretary  Peter Hain: “The Border looks like becoming just another bargaining chip in the negotiations with Brussels.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Former northern secretary warns UK Brexit policy opens back door to ‘Jihadi entryism’

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire: “We can’t see this political impasse continuing much longer.” Photograph: PA Wire

British and Irish governments trying to establish merits of resuming talks

The Northern Secretary James Brokenshire was meeting the five main Northern parties at Stormont on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

James Brokenshire meeting five main Northern Ireland parties at Stormont

DUP leader Arlene Foster making proposals for the return of power-sharing. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

The British and Irish governments have a difficult decision to make

DUP leader Arlene Foster.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Arlene Foster links return of Stormont to movement on language and culture issues

The DUP leader Arlene Foster is due to make a speech on Thursday evening recommitting her party to powersharing. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Adams insists SF has ‘repeatedly demonstrated commitment to political institutions’

“On 24th August 2017 officers from the National Crime Agency arrested a 54-year-old man at Belfast International Airport in connection with its ongoing Nama investigation,” the agency said. File photograph: Getty Images

British crime agency investigating sale of Nama’s NI property portfolio for £1.2 billion

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney:  said the Government was planning to introduce legislation that would allow gardaí  give  evidence to the inquest into the 1976 Kingsmill massacre in Armagh. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister visiting North to sound out SF and DUP on prospect of ending stalemate

Michael Patrick completed his Cambridge degree in physics and material science but was more interested in acting.

My Left Nut’s lesson? ‘Young males need to talk, to open up – don’t keep things bottled up’

James Brokenshire: he is planning to make contact with party leaders in the coming week to prepare for a return to talks.  Photograph: Getty Images

Mood downbeat as parties decide whether to return to formal negotiations

A tractor that fell into a river after a road collapsed in Iskaheen, Co Donegal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Politicians question the ‘preparedness’ of statutory bodies after storm devastation

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have pleaded not guilty to charges of raping a woman in south Belfast

Ireland rugby internationals charged with raping the same woman in June last year

 Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn: “Some important lessons have not been learnt.” said Brendan McGuigan, the chief inspector of criminal justice in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Brendan McGuigan calls for action to tackle level of suicide and self-harm at NI prison

Michelle O’Neill has written to the British and Irish governments and the NI parties proposing that talks aimed at reinstating the powersharing institutions restart next Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney and James Brokenshire try to chart way to restore powersharing

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill holds a press conference at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 16, 2017. See PA story POLITICS . Photo credit should read: David Young/PA Wire

DUP welcomes UK government’s paper as ‘constructive’ with ‘plenty of ideas’

The UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

UK sets out position on Border in key document ahead of Brexit

British prime minister Theresa May: Britain pledges to ensure Brexit will not undermine the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

Border posts ‘completely unacceptable to the UK’, department position paper states

Leaked proposals from Theresa May’s government about plans for the Irish border under Brexit are ‘almost laughable’, says the SDLP. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Sinn Féin and SDLP describe Brexit proposals as ‘unworkable’ and ‘back-of-envelope’

The British chancellor Philip Hammond, left, and the international trade secretary Liam Fox have jointly stated that Brexit would mean the UK pulling out of both the EU single market and the customs union. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Position paper to focus on making Border as ‘seamless and frictionless as possible’

The funeral cortège of Kevin ‘Flat Cap’ Murray makes its way to Strabane cemetery. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty/The Irish Times

Kevin ‘Flat Cap’ Murray, a known dissident republican, had motor neurone disease

 Aine Magorrian, who was made redundant while on maternity leave and has settled a discrimination case for £9,000.  Photograph: Equality Commission for Northern Ireland/PA Wire

North’s Equality Commission says maternity cases most common cause of complaints

The survey showed a rise in confidence in the North’s Public Prosecution Service among both Catholic and Protestant communities. Photograph: Getty Images

More than three-quarters of public believe PPS provides fair and impartial service

Strabane man Kevin Murray.

Kevin Murray, known as ‘Flat Cap’, had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease

 David Bolton has written a book examining the  mental health impact of the Troubles. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A new book outlines the urgent need to tackle North's longstanding mental-health problems

Portrait of Damien McNally by Colin Davidson:  McNally says sitting for the portrait as part of the Silent Testimony series of paintings of people who suffered loss in the Troubles was therapeutic

The son of a victim of sectarian violence needed help to recover from the trauma

Belfast Pride: PSNI and Garda members wear their uniforms in the parade for the first time. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA

Organisers say 8,000 people marched through the city for marriage equality

Leo Varadkar: “If they can’t come up with solutions, well then maybe they might talk about mine”

Varadkar says after 14 months those in favour of hard Brexit have failed to offer proposals

DUP leader Arlene Foster leaves with Sammy Wilson following on crutches after meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Arlene Foster describes meeting with Taoiseach as ‘useful and forthright’

Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams and his delegation speak with members of the media after meeting  Leo Varadkar in south Belfast. Photograph: AFP/ Paul Faith/Getty

Party has signalled a willingness to be a junior partner in any future government

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Queen’s University Belfast, with President and Vice-Chancellor James McElnay. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Taoiseach outlines solutions to UK leaving customs union, single market

Brexit: “Every single aspect of life in Northern Ireland could be affected by the outcome”, Leo Varadkar will say. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar will also urge Northern Ireland politicians to restore Stormont

Bunny from Belfast performing at the Dublin Pride parade. Leo Varadkar will attend a Pride breakfast in Belfast, but not the parade itself. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar’s visit comes as attitudes to same-sex marriage appear to be shifting

Gerry Adams: “The Irish Government has a responsibility to defend the Remain vote.”  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

SDLP leader accuses DUP of ‘feigned outrage’ over Taoiseach’s Brexiteers remarks

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster: “Brexit is going to happen. We are leaving the European Union.”  Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

DUP leader says Leo Varadkar’s remarks are ‘disrespecting the will of the British people’

Leo Varadkar has confirmed he will attend a Pride breakfast event in Belfast on Saturday morning. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach also rejects DUP criticism of the Government ahead of Northern Ireland talks

The billboard put up by anti-abortion lobby group Both Lives Matter. Photograph: Both Lives Matter/PA Wire

Both Lives Matter adverts claim 100,000 people are alive due to North’s termination laws

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson: ‘We have to co-operate here. A solution has to be one that is agreed.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Jeffrey Donaldson says Leo Varadkar needs to be at negotiating table to avoid hard Border

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire: he said business leaders must “keep using their influence to encourage political parties to deliver a functioning and effective Executive”. Photograph: Getty Images

Conor Murphy says James Brokenshire has no new ideas on how to break deadlock

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood. Photograph: Arthur Allison

Sale of building, with asking price of £170,000, ‘motivated by financial difficulties’

Participants of the gay pride parade in Dublin last year. Gardaí will join their Northern Irish counterparts in Belfast on Saturday and take part in the city’s Pride event. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Police permitted to march in uniform at Pride event for first time this year

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

‘I think he is very low level’: DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson declines to engage with Richmond

The coffin of Billy McConville, son of IRA murder victim Jean McConville, is taken from St Paul’s Parish Church, Belfast following his funeral service. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Officiating priest urges politicians to ensure victims of abuse are compensated

 The Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby in a statement said they were aware “that Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been charged by the PSNI in relation to serious allegations made against them”.  Ireland’s Paddy Jackson (above) kicks a penalty against France at Aviva stadium. File photograph:   Cyril Byrne

Two rugby players will appear in court in Belfast next month and will contest the charges

Spending on the  2017 Assembly election campaign by nine of Northern Ireland’s political parties totalled £150,080

Overall campaign spending down by more than half compared to 2016 contest

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

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