Cigarette maker JTI Gallaher is to shut its factory in County Antrim with the loss of almost 1,000 jobs. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Close to 1,000 jobs will be lost with the expected closure of one of Northern Ireland’s major private sector employers.Japan Tobacco International (J(...)

 Ian Paisley preaches to the 12,000 strong congregation at the King’s Hall in Belfast on the 40th anniversary of the free Presbyterian Church. Photograph: Pacemaker

A gifted preacher with a coruscating turn of phrase, Ian Paisley was a compelling religious leader, whose energy, deep faith and passionately-expresse(...)

File photograph shows then Northern Ireland’s First Minister Ian Paisley  in  2008. Photograph: David Moir/Files/Reuters

Dr Ian Paisley was probably the most fiery, uncompromising and bellicose Ulster politician throughout the North’s Troubles.But late in life, one of th(...)

A Wrightbus double deck on Volvo B9TL chassis in operation with SBST in Singapore.

Wrightbus, the Ballymena based family-owned company, has won a £30 million (€37.7 million) order to deliver double deck bus kits to Singapore. The con(...)

A 41-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a woman in Ballymena, Co Antrim. He is expected to appear in court later this morning.The 32-yea(...)

A 41-year-old man is being held by the PSNI following the suspected murder of a woman in Ballymena, Co Antrim.The 32-year-old woman was found dead at (...)

Wright buses have become an integral part of the public transport infrastructure in many leading cities around the world from London to Hong Kong, Dublin and Las Vegas. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

The Ballymena bus group Wrights plans to invest more than £14 million in five research and development projects and create 130 jobs in Northern Irelan(...)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, (right) has said the failure of the Haass talks process has undermined the belief that politics can fix difficult problems. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The failure of Northern politicians to endorse the Haass proposals on parades, flags and the past has undermined politics and created tensions between(...)

The Rev Pat Storey has been elected Bishop of Meath and Kildare, the first woman bishop on these islands.

How to address her? “Your Grace”, seemed appropriate but that is reserved for archbishops, even if “grace” is hardly the first word that comes to mind(...)

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron at Stormont Castle yesterday

Northern Ireland is a safe and profitable place in which to invest, British prime minister David Cameron has told an international conference in Belfa(...)