‘This is the first time trades unions have opposed a Stormont deal. On every previous occasion, the ICTU and individual unions have hailed the outcome as a welcome contribution to the consolidation of peace’. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the factors behind Sinn Féin’s decision on Monday to pull out of the Stormont House Agreement was a series of trade union demonstrations tomorr(...)

A man jailed for an iron bar and pistol-butt attack on a family in their home has failed in an attempt to have his conviction overturned.  Michael Mongan’s lawyers claimed there were flaws in how a pensioner and her teenage grandson both identified him as having beaten them during a botched robbery in Co Derry.  Photograph: Reuters.

A man jailed for an iron bar and pistol-butt attack on a family in their home has failed in an attempt to have his conviction overturned. Michael Mong(...)

Kevin McCloy (right) in action for Dery against Mayo’s Andy Moran in 2010. Photograph:
Inpho / Presseye

The family of Kevin McCloy has thanked medical staff treating the former the Derry captain and appealed for privacy after his collapse last night.McCl(...)

A comparison of the results of the 2011 censuses in the Republic and Northern Ireland shows clear differences between life in the two near neighbours.(...)

People in the Republic are far more positive about their health status than their neighbours in the North, according to a comparison of 2011 census data from the two jurisdictions. Photograph: Getty Images.

People living in the Republic of Ireland are far more positive about their health status than their neighbours in the North, according to a comparison(...)

A man who punched his pregnant girlfriend twice in the stomach, telling her, “you should probably have a miscarriage now”, was today freed on a(...)

 Northern Ireland Statistic and Research Agency (NISRA) figures show that a total of 3,288 suicides were registered in Northern Ireland from the beginning of 1998 to the end of 2012 - 77% were men. The 2012 figures are provisional. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Almost as many people have died from suicide in Northern Ireland since the signing of the Good Friday agreement as were killed during the entire Tr(...)

North’s Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton announces new £250 million children’s hospital is to be built on the site of the Royal Hospital in Belfast. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA Wire

A new £250 million (€295 million) “state-of-the-art” children’s hospital is to be built on the site of the Royal Hospital in Belfast, the North’s Mini(...)

The business employs more than 180 people and has a turnover in the region of £20 million a year. Photograph: Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

A family-owned business which began life as a small home bakery plans to create 100 production jobs in its home town of Magherafelt in Co Derry as par(...)

Eamon Eastwood, Taste Ireland in Australia

It started with a bedroom full of cheese and onion crisps, but now anyone in Australia buying Tayto, Barry’s tea or McDonnell’s curry sauce can(...)