Sinn Fein party colleagues Michelle O’Neill, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Conor Murphy announce that Sinn Féin will back Stormont’s so-called ‘fantasy budget’ in an attempt to buy time to find a solution on welfare. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The possibility of the collapse of the Stormont institutions has been put back after Sinn Féin decided it would conditionally endorse the so-called “f(...)

Failings that allowed notorious paedophile priest Brendan Smyth (above) to abuse children for four decades will be examined by a public inquiry on Monday

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry in the North heard on Monday that paedophile priest Brendan Smyth admitted that he could have sexuall(...)

 DUP Minister for Finance Arlene Foster has been  given permission to accelerate the passage of the budget Bill through the Northern Assembly so that it could become law by the end of July. File photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown /PA Wire

The Stormont finance committee has given DUP Minister for Finance Arlene Foster the go-ahead to begin rushing her so-called “fantasy” or provisional b(...)

Nicola Russell who passed away at the Marie Curie hospice in Belfast on Monday after living with cancer since 2007. Photograph: William Cherry/Pacemaker

The Belfast-based artist Nicola Russell has died aged 51. The painter passed away peacefully at the Marie Curie hospice in Belfast on Monday after li(...)

Two men were found dead in a house in St Patrick’s Terrace in Lisnaskea, Fermanagh. Police are waiting on the results of a post mortem to try to determine how the men died

Police are trying to discover what caused the deaths of two men whose bodies were discovered in a house in Co Fermanagh on Monday night. The men were(...)

 Sarah Ewart arrives at court as a judicial review into Northern Ireland’s abortion laws  begins  in the High Court in Belfast. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation contravenes article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights which states that no one shall be subjected t(...)

Former Northern Ireland police ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan: claims that ‘hundreds and hundreds’ of deaths happened in the North as a result of security force collusion. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The British government must face up to its responsibilities in the face of “overwhelming evidence of collusion”, a Northern Ireland victims’ group and(...)

Sarah Ewart had to travel to England to have an abortion in 2013 after being told her unborn baby had no chance of survival. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

All countries in Europe apart from Ireland, San Marino, Malta and Andorra allow abortion in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality, Belfas(...)

The British Labour Party has made it emphatically clear that neither Sinn Féin nor the SDLP will have it as an ally in their battle to compel the Bri(...)

Paula  and Claire McCartney, sisters of  Robert McCartney, who together with their three other sisters were to have been key witnesses in the case against two senior republicans charged with IRA membership. Photograph: REUTERS/Paul McErlane

The sisters of Robert McCartney, who was murdered in 2005, were to have been key witnesses in the case against two senior republicans charged with I(...)