Craving a wee holiday before our actual holiday (six days to go, not that I’m counting) we hightailed it to Portadown for the weekend. This particu(...)

Stacy Barthe’s credentials have resided in the footnotes. The songwriter’s work for Rihanna, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Bran(...)

Back to the 1990s   .... Portadown District LOL No 1, passing Drumcree church before being blocked. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Believe it or not, this year marks the 20th anniversary of what has become known as “Drumcree”. It was the stopping of the return parade from morning (...)

Loyalists break through a police barrier as they are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Loyalists hurled missiles at PSNI officers yesterday evening when Orangemen were prevented from parading past the Ardoyne shops in North Belfast. (...)

Police and the loyal orders have said they hope the annual Twelfth of July celebrations pass off peacefully on Monday. Thousands are expected to take part in more than 800 parades with many more expected to watch the spectacle. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

A contentious Orange Order feeder parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast took place peacefully this morning. There was a heavy police presence(...)

Optical fibre: researchers at San Diego received data after it voyaged 12,000km through cables with standard amplifiers and no electronic regenerators.

Over two billion kilometres of optical fibres have been installed worldwide, a string of glass that could be wrapped around the globe 50,000 times. I(...)

The European Commission has been setting caps on roaming prices since 2007 and says that retail prices for cross-border calls, texts and data have fallen by more than 80 per cent

The EU reached a preliminary deal on Tuesday to abolish mobile roaming charges across the 28-country union by June 2017 and to require telecom operato(...)

Ahead of the Tour of North parade the Orange Order lost a High Court bid to overturn conditions imposed by the Parades Commission including not being allowed to play songs within “earshot” of St Patrick’s Church. Photograph: Reuters

The first major parade of the North’s marching season has passed off peacefully in Belfast. The bands involved in the Orange Order’s annual Tour of th(...)

Apple chief Tim Cook: the company’s 0.9 per cent drop yesterday weighed heavily on the S&P. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The Iseq in Dublin, up 1.3 per cent, le d the charge among European bourses as stocks climbed on optimism a resolution to Greek debt talks is close. U(...)

The late Ian Paisley with former taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the carbine musket (circa 1685) that Dr Paisley presented to him. Photograph: David Sleator

A gun famously presented to Bertie Ahern by the Rev Ian Paisley during a ceremony on the site of the Battle of the Boyne was a loan and not a gift, (...)