British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers is said to show a “keen interest for necessity and proportionality” when authorising surveillance. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A British intelligence service watchdog has disclosed that Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has rejected some MI5 applications to carry out “intru(...)

Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers who has  refused surveillance warrants  sought by MI5. Photograph: PA

MI5 has been refused surveillance warrants by Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers, a watchdog has disclosed. The Intelligence Services Commiss(...)

Statue of St Teresa, Avila, Castile and Leon, Spain. Photograph: Getty Images

The walking stick of St Teresa of Avila is in Ireland as part of a worldwide tour to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth in 1515 of the founder of(...)

A convicted robber has been jailed after he admitted carrying out an unprovoked late-night assault on two Louth brothers while on bail

A convicted robber has been jailed after he admitted carrying out an unprovoked late-night assault on two Louth brothers while on bail. Dublin man Mic(...)

Violet cream or chocolate banana anyone, or would you prefer a liquorice skippers pipe or some cherry nougat? In Old Time Favourites on Hill Street in(...)

The funeral of journalist Martin O’Hagan whose 2001  murder featured in a Panorama programme. Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan has claimed that “hundreds and hundreds” of deaths happened in Northern Ireland as a result of security force collusion.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan has claimed that “hundreds and hundreds” of deaths happened in Northern Ireland as (...)

Famine walkers on the final few steps of their 155km Famine re-enactment walk from Roscommon to the Jeanie Johnston in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

As they began the 155 km Famine commemorative walk from Strokestown, Co Roscommon to Dublin last weekend, participants’ thoughts turned to migrants d(...)

A Co Louth man has been jailed for six months for punching a doctor and headbutting a nurse while they were on duty in at Daisy Hill  hospital in Newry, Co Down. Image: Google Maps.

A Co Louth man has been jailed for six months for punching a doctor and headbutting a nurse while they were on duty in a hospital.Michael Hanrahan (3(...)

A pharmacist jailed for battering her elderly neighbour to death with a crucifix is to seek to introduce fresh evidence as part of a bid to clear her name

A pharmacist jailed for battering her elderly neighbour to death with a crucifix is to seek to introduce fresh evidence as part of a bid to clear her (...)

The Police Service of Northern Ireland detective sergeant said close to 70 hours of material gathered in Ardcarn Park over a three-month period included a series of meetings involving “leading key figures of a proscribed organisation”.

A dissident republican plot to target judges and police officers in Northern Ireland has been exposed by a covert MI5 operation, a court heard.Listeni(...)