Poet Michael Longley speaking at the Ulster Hall, where he received the freedom of Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast

Michael Longley is a poet who has “looked history square in the face” and who also played an important civic part in the creation of the 1998 Belfast (...)

Two masked men, one believed to be armed with a handgun, were involved in the incident, according to the PSNI

SDLP Assembly member Alban Maginness has described as “sickening and vile” a suspected so-called punishment attack which left a 47-year-old north Belf(...)

DUP Assembly member and East Derry MP Gregory Campbell. Mr Campbell has been censured in the Assembly for ‘blatantly disrespectful’ behaviour after yawning loudly as a Sinn Féin MLA spoke in Irish. Photograph: Trevor McBride

DUP Assembly member and MP Gregory Campbell has been censured again for “blatantly disrespectful” actions relating to the Irish language - this time b(...)

Lifelike: We start with the victim and end up directing a heavily armed Swat-type team about to hit on the main suspect. We get to deploy a surveillance helicopter. There’s even a car chase. Photograph: E+/Getty

Being a murder detective isn’t a job for the weak-hearted, says Det Supt Karen Baxter of the Police Service of Northern Ireland as she sets us our tas(...)

Belfast city centre. Photograph: Nigel Andrews/Thinkstock

Wouldn’t it be great for Van Morrison to hear Taylor Blackstock and her classmates chorally reciting Song of Ashfield, muses the 13-year-old school(...)

East Derry DUP MP Gregory Campbell said:  “I believe the prime minister should work to establish a cross-Border inquiry which could focus on the horrific crimes suffered by victims and the way in which cases were covered up by republicans.”  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The DUP has urged British prime minister David Cameron to assist in establishing a cross-Border inquiry into allegations of sex abuse by former member(...)

David Best’s wooden temple in Derry which will be set alight on the evening of Saturday, March 21st. Photograph: Martin McKeown/Inpresspics.com

Californian artist David Best is inviting people from Derry and beyond to symbolically burn their troubles away in a massive fire next week.Best is o(...)

Former Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan has released a letter he says he sent in 2009 to Louth man Paudie McGahon, who told BBC Spotlight he was raped by an IRA man. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan has released a letter he says he sent in 2009 to Louth man Paudie McGahon, who told BBC Spotlight he was raped by an(...)

Paudie McGahon claims he was raped by an IRA member.

  An alleged victim of rape by an IRA member said republicans who had questioned him about his claim offered to put a bullet in the back o(...)

Theresa Villiers, Northern Secretary, says unless the disagreement over welfare in the North is solved, all sides are in “a pretty serious situation”.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has insisted that no further money will be forthcoming from the British government to resolve problems over wel(...)