Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan with MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland in Glenties. Photograph: North West Newspix

Acting Commissioner says the force is committed to ‘explosive’ change

An Tanáiste Joan Burton with Glenties residents including Michael Glynn, chairman of the Glenties Amalgamated CE scheme, enjoying a local walk. Photograph: North West Newspix

Social recovery needed to accompany economic recovery, says Burton

Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Former senator addresses 34th MacGill Summer School on political reform

Isaac Andrews of the West Belfast Ulster Political Research Group at the Twaddell loyalist protest camp, manned every day and night, coming up to one year after a Parades Commission determination last July prevented three local Orange lodges walking along a stretch of the Crumlin Road back to their hall. Photograph: Justin Kernaghan/Photopress Belfast

Order sees need to change to maintain long-established sense of relevance

“The recent union flag controversy is perhaps the most obvious example of blows suffered by loyalists in general,” says Rev Mervyn Gibson, Orange Order chaplain. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Young working-class Protestant men are ill-prepared for the new political era

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said the British and Irish governments should intervene to stabilise the volatile political situation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concerns over repeat of Orange march ban that led to serious loyalist rioting last year

Flashpoint: watercannon being used on rioters in Ardoyne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Protesters at Camp Twaddell in Ardoyne blame the Parades Commission for the current impasse

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams speaks to the media at Leinster House in Dublin as senior unionists met to discuss the next phase of their protest against a decision to ban a controversial Orange Order parade from passing a nationalist neighbourhood. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Unionists insist protest against Orange march ban must be peaceful

John Quinn from Belfast Community Circus performing in the Drogheda Samba Festival along West Street in Drogheda. Photograph: Alan Betson

Round the world yachts, horses, festivals and fairies

Outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin yesterday, members of the NUJ including Irish Secretary Seamus Dooley (right) protested against Egypt’s jailing of three al-Jazeera journalists. Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwells

Union presses Tánaiste to summon Cairo’s ambassador amid international outrage

Officers discovered 2.7kg of heroin, 1.1kg of ecstasy, almost 1kg of cannabis resin and 0.2kg of LSD tablets in a vehicle which had arrived in Rosslare from Cherbourg. Photograph: Revenue

Seven held after heroin, cocaine and other drugs seized in Dublin, Louth and Wexford

President Michael D Higgins: he said Mr Conlon was “the victim of a grave miscarriage of justice as was his father, Giuseppe”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Muslims now suffer prejudice as Irish did 40 years ago, says barrister

Northern Ireland’s Housing Executive, said it was “actively working with local representatives and agencies to try to resolve the issue” in relation to Michael Abiona.

Housing Executive ‘actively working to resolve issue’

A Nigerian family has decided not to move into social housing allocated to them by the Housing Executive following a protest.

Residents want to know how house was allocated when ‘locals’ remain on waiting list

The Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities has published a series of proposals and is pressing Stormont ministers to “maximise the realisation of rights for ethnic minorities”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Stalled Bill of Rights should also be revisited, says race groups umbrella body

Police officer and former policeman among those questioned by serious crime detectives

The British Open will return to Royal Portrush in Co Anrtim, possibly in 2019.

Co Antrim course confirmed as an Open venue but Major may not take place as early as 2019

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson is expected to attend the Thales factory to announce that the Ministry of Defence in London has awarded a £48 million(€60 million) contract to Thales Belfast to design and manufacture a new missile system for the Royal Navy’s attack helicopters. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Investment to sustain 60 high-end jobs in advanced weapons system design, manufacturing

Police say victim (32) had been stabbed several times

PSNI questioning suspect (41) after body found at house in Ballymena

Polish man pronounced dead on arrival to hospital after rescue off Malin Head today

Portrush’s Graeme McDowell. The last time the British Open Championship was held in Portrush in 1951 was also the last time the oldest of the four golf majors was hosted outside Britain. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Northern Ireland will need to invest in infrastructure and in efforts at stable society to reap benefits

Daniel Day-Lewis is to  be awarded a knighthood after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Actor joins Angelina Jolie and more than 1,100 other names on honours list

Albert Sutton, (RAF), left, and Ken McLean, (Royal Artillery) with standard bearers at the commemoration service for those who served in World War II, at Monkstown Parish Church, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Service of remembrance attended by diplomats and representatives of church and State

The Irish Embassy in Athens and the Department of Foreign Affairs are providing consular assistance to Lorna Boyle’s family. Photograph: Scott E Barbour

Sinn Féin appeals for privacy on behalf of the family of Lorna Boyle

A 48-year-old man has been killed in a road crash in Fermanagh.

Latest fatality illustrates rising trend in lives lost across Ireland

A voting arrangement involving Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green party has seen  Fine Gael’s Marie Baker elected to the chair of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council - her second time to hold the position. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Voting arrangement sees Fine Gael’s Marie Baker elected to the chair

The PSNI must hand over files referring to possible criminal and unprofessional behaviour by officers, Nuala O’Loan, Northern Ireland’s former police ombudsman, has said.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Ex-police ombudsman O’Loan insists law on handing over of material ‘absolutely explicit’

A photograph of First Minister Peter Robinson with members of the Muslim community during his visit to the Belfast Islamic Centre in Wellington Park, south Belfast earlier this week,  where he made a public apology for any offence caused to Muslims by his defence of  controversial pastor James McConnell. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye /PA Wire.

James McConnell, who had been backed by First Minister, questioned by PSNI for two hours

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton with Chief Constable Matt Baggott (right). Photograph: David Young/PA

Matt Baggott calls for ‘investigation and resolution’ to be placed ‘in different hands’

“It is time to deal with the past in a different way, which does not ignore it but moves it to one side and puts leadership, investigation and resolution in different, independent hands,”  said Matt Baggott, who will step down as Chief Constable of the PSNI   at the end of June. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Chief Constable makes plea for new approach on dealing with legacy of Troubles

 Blue Flag awards are in recognition of high water quality, safety provision and infrastructure across 5,000km of Irish coastline. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Hogan praises local authority response and volunteers from coastal communities

Five public consultation events are planned for Dundalk, Cavan town, Belfast, Derry and Glasgow.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Public meetings planned before final proposals go before Commission in September

The private rented sector has nearly doubled in size in the five years to 2011, and around one in five of all households in the State are now housed in this sector of the market. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Findings likely to feed into Government’s Social Housing Strategy

Sinn Fein’s Martina Anderson at the King’s Hall, Belfast, after confirmation of her election. Photograph:  David Young/PA Wire

DUP and Ulster Unionists expected to win remaining two seats

Martina Anderson pictured with Gerry Adams at the King’s Hall, Belfast during counting for Northern Ireland’s three seats in the European Parliamentary elections today. Photograph: PA

DUP’s Dodds seems certain to be elected while UUP’s Nicholson under pressure

 DUP Leader Peter Robinson (left) and Councillor Gavin Robinson (right) speaking at the Launch of the DUP Party’s European and local council election manifesto in Belfast earlier this month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

With more than 400 of 462 seats declared the two largest parties have 213 seats

About a quarter of the 462 local council seats were declared after the first day’s counting. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

SDLP, Ulster Unionists and Alliance all find individual results to highlight

Counting has begun in Northern Ireland after yesterday’s local and European elections. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Counting underway in 11 new council areas with Belfast and Derry recording highest turnout

The witness told the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry that she was afraid of the nuns  at St Joseph’s home Termonbacca while she was working there as a trainee social worker. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Termonbacca was ‘not a good place for a child to be,’ abuse inquiry told

Former bishop of Derry Edward Daly   at the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Banbridge yesterday. Photograph: PA

Sisters who cared for more than 5,000 children in need were ‘taken for granted’

A number of changes mean Fine Gael is unlikely to hold onto its majority

A spokeswoman for the Sisters of Nazareth accepted today that some members of the order were  guilty of physical abuse.

Order admits it was guilty of physical abuseand failures in provision of care for children

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Nicolas Roche leads the team at the start of their time trial in Stage One of the Giro d’Italia in Belfast. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/William Cherry

Huge crowds gathered to cheer riders through first stage

Riders of Sky Procycling cycle during a practice session before the first stage of the 2014 Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA

Thousands line streets to watch 22 teams take part in Grande Partenze

A senior nun who worked in Termonbacca during the 1960s and 70s has told the Historical Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland that residents there were happier than in other homes where she worked. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Two sisters of Nazareth looked after more than 60 boys without support

St Joseph’s Home, Termonbacca, in Derry. The inquiry into historical institutional abuse at this and another Derry home began in January. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Inquiry witnesses deny series of allegations of ill-treatment by nuns

A former resident of Termonbacca boys’ home in Derry has given a positive account of his time there, praising the Sisters of Nazareth who ran the institution.

‘Everyone needs to belong somewhere and the sisters filled that gap’

Broadcaster Eamon Dunphy and artist Robert Ballagh attending the Sinn Féin election rally held in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin last night. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Adams addresses packed Dublin meeting in wake of release after McConville questioning

Michael McConville, the son of murdered Belfast woman Jean McConville: He  and the rest of his family were now hoping to pursue justice for their mother through a civil case and through a possible war crimes action to be brought to The Hague. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Family believes case should be examined as war crime by court in The Hague

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: “I don’t think the arrest and questioning does any harm. That indicates that nobody is above the law.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gerry Adams remarks on PSNI interpreted as attempt to ease political tensions

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at a press conference in Belfast last night following his release from custody. He said much of the questioning centred on claims contained in the Boston College tapes. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

SF leader insists he is innocent of any involvement in murder of Jean McConville

Gerry Adams: “Worried about the damage [his arrest] may be doing to the image of policing,” according to Assembly member Gerry Kelly. Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

File on case to be sent to Public Prosecution Service following detention

North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: said Sinn Féin support for policing would continue if the situation around Mr Adams’s detention was resolved in a satisfactory manner. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tensions rise after judge grants permission for Gerry Adams to be held for further 48 hours

Work continues on a mural depicting Gerry Adams on the Falls Road, in Belfast today. Photograph: PA

SF leader can now be held until 8pm on Sunday, four days after detention began

 A  union  flag  outside  Antrim police station, where Gerry Adams was being questioned. Photograph: EPA/Paul McErlane

Union flags appear on lamp-posts opposite PSNI station where Sinn Féin leader is held

Gerry Adams: the Sinn Féin president was arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 and technically could be held for up to 28 days. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gerry Adams spends second night in custody in connection with Jean McConville murder

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald who said today elements within unionism had been calling for the arrest of Gerry Adams.Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

McGuinness and Robinson offer sharply different views on timing of Adams questioning

Junior counsel to the inquiry, Joseph Aiken, put to the witness a series of serious allegations made by a number of former residents. All of the claims were rejected.

Inquiry hears series of denials from member of Sisters of Nazareth

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the launch of Fine Gael’s European election campaign in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: David Sleator

Advance by Sinn Féin candidates is expected to affect Fine Gael’s results

National Concert Hall:  Minister for Arts Jimmy  Deenihan said yesterday  the coming period will be one of change at the venue. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister confirms concert hall to be put on statutory footing

 Douglas Gageby, former editor of The Irish Times, with John Hume in 1992.   Photograph: Joe St Leger

National public airing of principle of unity by consent

An Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) mural on the Shankill Road in Belfast. Thousands have taken part in a commemoration in Co Antrim to mark the centenary of the Larne gun-running in 1914. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Reuters.

Parade recalls smuggling of 25,000 German rifles to fight British plans for Home Rule

A model of a pink fisherman and bicycle sit  on a rock in the Irish Sea off the village of Waterfoot, Co Antrim ahead of the Giro d’Italia next week.   Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Voluntary ban backed by threat of legal action

The National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Jimmy Deenihan’s department confirms new appointments

The PSNI said Tommy Crossan was known to police, but no matter what his lifestyle was, ‘absolutely nothing justifies this barbaric action against him’.

Former Continuity IRA figure buried as PSNI focus investigation on dissident groupings

The peloton rides during stage one of the Giro d’Italia in Naples, Italy, last year. Photograph: Getty

Tens of thousands expected to line route North and South for one of cycling’s elite events

Robert Hannigan: appointed head of GCHQ. Photograph: PA

New GCHQ head lists gaelic games among his key interests

Former Conservative Party chairman Norman Tebbit  withdraws remarks. Photograph: Dan Chung/Reuters

Former Chingford MP speaks about his wife’s pain since explosion

Queen Elizabeth with  President Michael D Higgins (right) greet Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (left), and First Minister Peter Robinson (2nd left) and British  Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Getty

Tebbit tells BBC remarks were not meant to be taken literally but added former IRA commander should be tried

First Minister Peter Robinson and the deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  with Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and senior vp of Concentrix Philip Cassidy. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

US software group Concentrix confirmsit is doubling its workforce in Belfast

Norman Tebbit, whose comments have been condemned by the Northern secretary. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

Villiers denounces former Tory chairman’s comments as ‘highly dangerous’

Officers survey the aftermath of the Omagh bombing in 1998. Photograph: Paul McErlane/PA Wire

Seamus Daly (43) arrested on Monday in connection with murder of 29 people in 1998 Real IRA attack

Witnesses have vigorously denied allegations of ill-treatment made to the inquiry investigating children’s residential care homes.

Ill-treatment and sexual abuse did not happen, Derry inquiry hears

Company linked to possible purchase of former leisure centre beside city’s Central station

 Gerry Adams: he said while he could understand Lord Tebbitt’s antipathy towards republicans, the remarks were “shocking”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tebbitt’s hopes that republican faction will shoot Sinn Féin figure dismissed as ‘unacceptable’

A social worker closely involved with Termonbacca children’s home run by the Sisters of Nazareth in Derry has said some nuns were “amazing in the ability to care and love”.

Abuse inquiry told witness had no recollection of alleged incidents of abuse at Termonbacca

Three social workers have testified to the Historical Abuse Inquiry that despite some shortcomings, care homes in Derry run by the Sisters of Nazareth were places of safety for vulnerable children.

Witnesses tell abuse inquiry of trust in senior nun

Termonbacca children’s home was a ‘warm and loving place’ a former senior social worker in Derry has told the inquiry investigating institutional abuse at care homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth.

Former social worker admits nuns provided ‘care on the cheap’

President Michael D Higgins speaks to the media before  his departure  for London at Casement Aerodrome. With him are  his wife  Sabina and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Higgins looking forward to engaging with Irish community and emigrants

 The President Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina departing for their State visit to Britain at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel today. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President and his wife driven away from Heathrow in a maroon coloured Bentley flying an Irish tricolour

Martin McGuinness, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Deputy First Minister expected to attend Windsor Castle following 2012 meeting with monarch in Belfast

Move  is seen as a first step towards Nama forcing a sale of the centre owned by Joe O’Reilly’s Castlethorn Construction, an associate of Chartered Land. Photograph: Frank Miller

Agency disposes of Northern Irish portfolio

Mary Deegan Kavanagh with a medal belonging to her aunt Maire Deegan, a member of Cumann na mBan, at the ceremony to mark the centenary of the foundation of Cumann na mBan at Glasnevin Cemetery yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Higgins draws inspiration from women of 1916 as he prepares for state visit to Britain

The decision to extend an invitation to Pope Francis was passed by 30 votes with none against by Belfast City Council.

Motion passed by nationalists and Alliance while unionists abstain

PSNI assistant chief constable George Hamilton said the blame for  disorder in Larne, Co Antrim, last night lay “firmly with the South East Antrim UDA”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Senior officer denies PSNI unable to restrain criminal elements

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called for Alan Shatter to stand down as Minister for Justice and for a radical overhaul of the system of policing. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

SF president insists Shatter is not fit to preside over necessary reform of policing

Sam McAughtry was a founder member of the Peace Train Organisation. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Former trade unionist became popular broadcaster and storyteller

A man has been arrested by the PSNI following the discovery of a mortar bomb and a command wire in west Belfast late last night.

Suspect detained after second device linked to command wire is discovered

The most serious emergencies, where lives are at imminent risk, should be responded to within eight minutes in at least 72.5% of cases according to response targets in the North. Photograph:  Justin Kernoghan

Emergency response targets are being missed in all but one region

Edward Haughey: January 5th, 1944 – March 13th, 2014

 The wreckage of a helicopter at the accident site in Gillingham, Norfolk. Photograph:  EPA/Jason Bye

Gilmore, Robinson and McGuinness praise ‘visionary businessman’

 Dr Edward Haughey, founder and owner of veterinary pharmaceuticals giant Norbrook. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Incident happened in thick fog in Norfolk

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson  will use a series of engagements in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington to drum up inward investment to the North  in the build-up to St Patrick’s Day.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Robinson and McGuinness to build on contacts in build-up to St Patrick’s Day

US envoy Richard Haass and Prof Meghan O’Sullivan who proposals have been rejected by the UUP.

Policy paper on flags, parades and past dismissed by Sinn Féin

Nelson Mandela’s words were quoted on the opening day of the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”

Litany of horrific evidence points to multiple failures throughout society

A witness had alleged that an older boy came into her room at night and abused her as she lay in bed.

Senior counsel at Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry told incidents ‘never happened’

Former US president Bill Clinton delivering the inaugural William J. Clinton Leadership Lecture at Queen’s University Belfast this evening.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former US president says the example of Northern Ireland admired across the world

A boy was physically punished so often by a nun in a Derry care home he ran away three times.

Witness said nun in Derry home ‘hated the ground I walked on’

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